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KLM & Middle East Airlines (MEA) Announce New Aircraft Orders

KLM and Boeing have announced that the Dutch carrier has ordered 2 more 777-300ER aircraft. Meanwhile, BOC Aviation has signed a purchase-and-leaseback Agreement with MEA for up to 10 Airbus A321NEOs.

KLM Orders More Boeing 777s

The Boeing 777 is the backbone of KLM’s fleet, so it is no surprise to see the carrier order more of the aircraft. They currently operate 29 777s, including 14 of the -300ER model.

KLM has configured its 777-300ERs with 408 seats. 34 of these are in business class, 40 are economy comfort, while 334 are the regular economy. The business class seats are in a 2-2-2 configuration, while the economy and the economy comfort are 3-4-3.

KLM is revitalizing its long-haul fleet at the moment, recently taking delivery of its first of 14 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners. The airline plans to retire its aging Boeing 747s by 2021, with the new 777s and 787s replacing them.

KLM Moving Your World Video. Credit: KLM.

Middle East Airlines to Receive A321neos

Middle East airlines (MEA), KLM and MEA new aircraft orders.
Middle East Airlines (MEA). Photo: Airbus.

Middle East Airlines (MEA), the flag carrier of Lebanon, currently operates an all-Airbus fleet. This includes 13 A320s and 5 A330-200s. The airline currently leases 2 A320s from BOC Aviation.

The new order is a purchase-and-leaseback agreement for a minimum of 5, and up to 10 new A321neo aircraft. The planes will be powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® PW1100G-JM engines. Deliveries are expected in 2020 and 2021.

BOC Aviation’s take on the MEA aircraft orders

Robert Martin, Managing Director, and CEO of BOC Aviation said,

“We are very pleased to be working with Middle East Airlines once again on their fleet and network expansion plans, building on a long-term relationship that dates back over 20 years.”

BOC Aviation is an airplane leasing company. They are headquartered in Singapore.

The Lebanese carrier has a total of 15 A321neos on order, including the ones in this deal. Four of these are the newly-announced A321XLR version, with a range of 4700nm. A further 4 A330-900neo aircraft have been ordered with delivery set for 2021-2022. Both the new A321neos and A330-900s are expected to replace older planes rather than grow capacity.

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p.s. Did you read Alex Fitzhugh’s news story on how American Cancels 737 MAX Operations Until December?

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