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First Boeing 737 MAX 8 with the colors of British Airways

Renton - Boeing has delivered the first of eight 737 MAX 8 jets ordered by the South African operator Comair.

The first Boeing 737 MAX 8 of the airline will fly to several countries in Africa under the British Airways brand. The new MAX 8 jets are ordered as part of the Comair's fleet renewal strategy.

More seats, lower operating costs and less maintenance downtime will enhance operating efficiency and improve punctuality, said Wrenelle Stander, executive director of Comair’s airline division.

The South African operator currently operates seven Boeing 737-400 and 18, 737-800 as a British Airways franchisee and on behalf of its own low-cost brand price Kulula.com.

The new MAX 8 jets of the company will be deployed on routes within South Africa and to the other countries in the region, such as Mauritius, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Comair will take delivery of the last MAX 8 in 2022.