On the second day of the 54th Paris Air Show, Boeing and Air Algérie have announced the latest deal to come out of the event.
On Tuesday, June 20. 2023, the two aviation companies confirmed that the national flag carrier of Algeria will purchase eight 737-9 MAX jets.
Boeing also confirmed that the North African carrier has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for two 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) to meet increasing cargo demand in the region.
“This order will contribute to the development of the Air Algérie fleet,” said Yacine Benslimane, general manager of Air Algérie. “This acquisition is part of Air Algérie’s fleet extension strategy through the purchase of new aircraft.”
Air Algérie operates a single-aisle fleet of more than 30 737-500, 737-600 and 737-800 jets.
The 737-9 is designed to serve 193 passengers in a two-class configuration with a range of 3,300 nautical miles.
“The 737-9 is ideally suited for Air Algérie’s regional network, providing it with additional capacity and flexibility to operate seamlessly with its existing 737 fleet,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “In addition, the highly reliable and capable 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters will enable Air Algerie to capture growing cargo opportunities, expanding beyond its passenger business.”
Boeing customers have placed more than 1,000 orders and commitments for the company’s new commercial airplanes since July 2022. This includes over 750 737 MAX airplanes, reflecting the value of the family’s versatility and commonality.
On the second day of the Paris Air Show, Boeing also announced an order with China Airlines for Eight 787 Dreamliners.
On May 17, 2023, Air Algérie signed an order with Boeing for the acquisition of eight B737-9 MAX aircraft to be delivered from 2027.
The carrier then placed an order with Airbus on June 1, 2023 to supply seven brand new aircraft.
The order included five A330-900neos and two A350-1000s.