Okay Airways Announces Order for 10 Boeing 737-800s
Okay Airways announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in England that it has ordered 10 Next-Generation 737-800s, in a deal valued at around $800 million.
Okay Airways is China’s first privately owned airline and already operates several Boeing aircraft. “Okay Airways is a firm believer in the Next-Generation 737-800, which is the backbone of our fleet and has proved its reliability and efficiency on a daily basis,” said Wang Shusheng, chairman of Okay Airways. “The new additions will help us expand our domestic routes and even explore regional markets.”
Okay Airways, an all-Boeing operator, obtained Civil Aviation Administration of China’s (CAAC) approval and started commercial operation in March 2005. Okay Airways is headquartered in Beijing and uses Tianjin Binhai International Airport as its fleet base.
It currently operates four 737s, including three 737-800s and one 737-300 converted freighter, on trunk routes with direct flights to more than 20 domestic destinations.
Okay Airways also will lease four 737-800s this year, and plans to expand its fleet by leasing five 737-800s each year prior to the new delivery.
“Okay Airways has been a dedicated operator of Boeing 737s since it was established. Boeing is honored that 10 more 737-800s will join Okay Airways’ fleet to support its strategy in this fast-growing market,” said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales & Marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Okay Airways, which started with the Next-Generation 737-800.”
The Boeing 737-800 is the best-selling version of the successful Next-Generation 737 family and Boeing announced in June that it will increase production rates on the Next-Generation 737 program to 35 airplanes a month in 2012 to meet continued strong demand.