China Southern takes delivery of its first 737 MAXs
Guangzhou - Today, on November 29, the Asian carrier China Southern Airlines took possession of the first two Boeing 737 MAX 8, out of the 80 ordered.
In addition to the 737 MAXs, China Southern Airlines' order book includes, in particular, twenty 787-9 Dreamliner and as many as Airbus A350-900.
Boeing announced in a statement that the two re-engineered single-aisles of the Chinese company, based in Guangzhou-Baiyun airport, took off from Boeing Field for China. On December 2015, China Southern Airlines had committed to acquire fifty 737 MAX 8 and had added to this order thirty more last month. The new single-aisle aircraft will be configured in three classes, as in the 737-800s in use.
At its most recent acquisition, the SkyTeam alliance company claimed to have benefited from substantial concessions on prices, without, of course, detailing them.
In addition to the 737 MAXs, China Southern Airlines' order book includes, in particular, twenty 787-9 Dreamliner and as many as Airbus A350-900. On the medium-haul, it has already put into service seven of the 74 A320neo expected. These new aircraft will enable the country's largest airline operator to have an 8.1% capacity increase, and support its operations and dual hub strategy at the new Beijing Airport in Daxing, where operations will begin in 2019.