Boeing wins $8.8 billion order from Singapore firm

Engine inlet components for Boeing Co.'s new 737 MAX airplane will be built in a propulsion facility under construction in North Charleston. This photo shows what the facility looked like in May in Palmetto Commerce Park.

A Singapore-based leasing company placed an $8.8 billion order for 82 Boeing aircraft Monday.

BOC Aviation will buy 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs as the largest order in the foreign firm's history.

Engine inlet components for the 737 MAX will be built in North Charleston starting late in 2015. A new Boeing assembly plant is under construction in Palmetto Commerce Park near Ladson.

"Following the successful placement of the 50 Next Generation 737 aircraft that we ordered in 2006, this is a continuation of our commitment to be responsive to airline customers which are expanding or replacing older fleets," said Robert Martin, managing director and chief executive officer of BOC Aviation. "The 737 is known for its operational and fuel efficiency, and BOC Aviation expects healthy demand for the Next Generation 737 and 737 MAX variants in the next seven years."

The order adds to BOC Aviation's fleet, which is among the youngest in the leasing industry with an average of less than four years.

"BOC Aviation has established a proven track record in the airplane leasing industry," said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "They have played an important role in the success of the Next-Generation 737 and the 777-300ER in the leasing market by helping place the airplanes with airlines worldwide. We're excited about our continued relationship with BOC Aviation and look forward to working with them on the new 737 MAX."

The Next-Generation 737-800 is the best-selling version of the highly successful Next-Generation 737 family, because of its ability to deliver dependable operational and financial performance across a wide range of missions. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest-technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver high efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

The 777-300ER extends the 777 family's span of capabilities, bringing twin-engine efficiency and reliability to the long-range market. The airplane can fly up to 7,825 nautical miles and is equipped with GE90-115BL engines, the world's most powerful commercial jet engine.

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