announced an order for 33 airplanes from
Air Lease Corporation
on Monday, even as the leasing company's influential CEO said he is ready to order a totally new narrow-body.
Continuing the run of new order announcements at the
the deal includes 14 firm orders and four options for 737-800s, as well as five 777-300ERs and four 787-9s. ALC also said it would exercise options on six 737-800s.
Meanwhile, Air Lease CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy said he would be happy to be the first customer for a 737 replacement.
"We're ready to sit down
with Boeing and make a deal on a new airplane, that's how strongly we feel," said CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy, according to
The Seattle Times
. "We're ready to be a launch customer, provided it meets what we think are the needs of the airlines." Udvar-Hazy is the world's leading aircraft buyer and previously built International Lease Finance Corp. into the world's leading aircraft. He launched ALC in 2010.
He said Boeing should resist doubters who are urging it to follow Airbus' lower-risk strategy in the narrow-body jet market and just outfit the 737 with new engines, the newspaper reported.
Boeing has indicated it will decide by the end of the year whether to create a new airplane or re-engine the 737, the most successful airplane in history.
In other orders announced Monday, Air Lease said it would buy 62 jets including 50 new A320neo aircraft from
The order also includes 11 A320s and one A321.
Also, Boeing said Monday that it had orders and commitments for 17 of its 747-8 passenger jets from two undisclosed customers, one of whom has committed to 15 jets. List price is $5.4 billion.
"These orders for the 747-8 Intercontinental mark a major milestone for the program and demonstrate the market's need for an airplane of its size and range," said Jim Albaugh, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, in a prepared statement. "It will play a valuable role in further growing these carriers long-haul route networks."
With the orders, Boeing has 50 firm orders for the passenger version of the 747-8, which can carry 467 passengers. Boeing also has commitments for 76 of the 747-8 freighters.
-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.
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