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Boeing receives order for 80 737 MAX aircraft from SMBC Aviation Capital

Boeing has received an order for 80 Boeing 737 MAX single-aisle airplanes from SMBC Aviation Capital.

SMBC Aviation Capital, with headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, has offices in New York, Seattle, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, and Toulouse, France.

The order, valued at $8.5 billion at list prices, is Boeing’s largest single order from a leasing company to date.

Spirit AeroSystems builds the 737’s fuselage, pylons and thrust reversers in Wichita.

It’s Boeing’s 50th customer for the 737 MAX, an upgraded 737 with more fuel efficient engines, winglets and other improvements. It grows Boeing’s order for the MAX to more than 2,400 airplanes.

The company has been a Boeing customer for 10 years.

“The 737 MAX 8 is one of the most fuel efficient and versatile aircraft available and today’s announcement shows our ongoing commitment to the new generation of the popular 737 family, as well as our appetite to keep broadening and deepening our platform in order to service our customers’ requirements,” SMBC Aviation Capital CEO Peter Barnett said in a statement.

The two companies held a signing ceremony in Japan on Monday.

The 737 MAX will be 14 percent more fuel efficient than today’s Next Generation 737s and 20 percent more fuel efficient than the original Next Generation 737s when they first entered service, Boeing said.

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