COMAIR ORDERS EIGHT 737-800S

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore February 7, 2011 14:18

COMAIR ORDERS EIGHT 737-800S

Comair, South Africa’s first low-fare carrier, has ordered eight Next-Generation 737-800s complete with the Boeing’s new Sky Interior. The airline plans to use the new aircraft to update the fleet of Comair’s low-fare airline, kulula.com.

The order is valued at approximately $646 million at current list prices and was originally announced as being from an unidentified customer on Boeing’s orders and deliveries website.

“The purchase of new Boeing 737-800s is historic for our company and gives all our 1,800 staff a great feeling of pride,” said Gidon Novick, joint CEO of Comair. “The new fleet is an essential part of our efficiency drive, which will not only give us a cost leadership position in our industry, but also provide our customers with exceptional levels of reliability and comfort with the spacious new interior.”

In addition to its 737-800 order, Comair is purchasing the Maintenance Performance Toolbox from Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. The Maintenance Performance Toolbox improves an airline’s fleet efficiency by integrating manufacturer and customer documentation, use of intelligent graphics, cross-document searching and linking aircraft fault data to specific maintenance actions. It also provides a comprehensive structural repair history for each airplane while reducing the time needed to find tail-specific technical information in time-critical situations, such as line maintenance troubleshooting and dispatch.

“Comair is an amazing success story, as this airline company has posted operating profits each year since it was founded in 1946,” said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Today’s order demonstrates the value the 737-800 has already brought to its fleet and the confidence Comair has in this airplane.”

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore February 7, 2011 14:18
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