American investment firm 777 Partners has signed an agreement to buy up to 66 Boeing 737 MAX jets at the UK’s largest airshow in Farnborough.
The new deal includes 30 higher capacity Boeing 737 MAX 8200s and 36 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. This order expands the commercial aircraft portfolio to a total of 134 737 MAXs.
The 737 MAX 8200 is a higher capacity variant of the 737 MAX family jets. Powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines, the 737 MAX 8200 is capable of seating up to 200 passengers.
The MAX 8200 aircraft was specifically designed to maximize the seating capacity on the single-aisle aircraft for usage in the low-cost market. Boeing and Ryanair launched the MAX 8200 in September 2014.
“777 Partners is leveraging the cost efficiencies of the 737-8 and 737-8-200 for its diverse network of airlines, while also providing an excellent passenger experience and meeting sustainability goals,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Founded in 2015, 777 Partners had previously used the 737 MAX fleet to launch new low-cost carriers in Australia and Canada, namely Bonza Airlines and Flair Airlines.