Kunming Airlines has committed to a purchase of 10 B737 aircraft from Boeing as part of its long-term growth strategy. Based at Changshui International Airport, the carrier currently operates a fleet of 10 B737-700s and five B737-800s.
The commitment, valued at US$897 million, will consist of four Next-Generation B737-700s and six B737 MAX aircraft, subject to final approval by the Chinese government.
“These airplanes will further expand and improve our route network, contributing to our vision to build Yunnan’s gateway airport to be the forefront of the province’s economic development,” said Xuan Yuen, chief executive of Kunming Airlines.
The B737-700 is configured to carry up to 128 passengers in a two-class layout. As one of the most popular B737 models available, the -700 has amassed more than 1,200 orders for Boeing.
Meanwhile, the B737 MAX incorporates CFM International LEAP-1B engines, winglets and other improvement to provide the superior levels of fuel efficiency, reliability, and passenger comfort in the single-aisle aircraft market. It is up to 20 per cent more fuel efficient than the original Next-Generation 737.