By Michael Garko, In Airline News
Just months after Boeing locked in its largest plane order from Southwest Airlines, the world’s second largest plane manufacturer has scored another record plane order. This time, it is Indonesia’s Lion Air that has placed the largest order for airplanes, in terms of planes ordered and dollar value.
According to Bloomberg, the firm 230-aircraft order is valued at $22 billion at list prices, though most big airline orders typically include substantial discounts. It includes 29 orders for the Boeing 737-900 Extended Range aircraft and 201 of Boeing’s in development 737 MAX. The deal also includes options for 150 additional aircraft, making the historic order for up to 380 aircraft.
“The 737 MAX is the best choice for Lion Air and the best airplane to serve our passengers,” said Rusdi Kirana, Lion Air Founder and President Director in the Boeing release. “We’re excited to be the first airline in Asia to fly the 737 MAX and to be the global launch customer of the 737 MAX 9.”
The previous largest aircraft order was between Southwest Airlines and Boeing for 208 aircraft at $19 billion. Southwest will be the first carrier to fly the Boeing 737 MAX