Taipei - The Taiwanese regional carrier FAT (Far Eastern Air Transport), based at Taipei-Songshan Airport, announced on April 16 its intention to acquire eleven 737 MAX 8, a first in the island.

The aircraft will be leased and the operator will receive two aircraft per year between 2019 and 2022, plus three in 2023. Far Eastern Air Transport did not specify with which leasing company or companies the new aircraft will be acquired.

The MAX 8s will be equipped with CFM International LEAP-1B engines while the cabin will accommodate eight passengers in Business class and 174 in Economy.

The 737 MAX will replace the aging MD-82 / 83s of the airline that are in service today.

The possession of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 will become a cornerstone of our fleet renewal strategy, expanding the company's regional network while lowering operational costs,
the Taiwanese company said.

Boeing congratulated FAT on this first order of a 737 MAX in Taiwan. The company operates eight McDonnell-Douglas MD-82 / 83s and two ATR 72-600s (two more awaiting delivery).

FAT serves from the capital Taipei to four cities in Taiwan, eight in China and four in Japan.