Primera Air orders two additional 737 MAX 9
Copenhagen - The Nordic company Primera Air has signed an agreement for two additional Boeing 737 MAX 9, confirming its expansion plans.
After concluding a firm order with Boeing for eight 737 MAX 9 last May, Primera Air announced on December 6th, the acquisition of two additional copies, deliverable in 2019.
This will enhance our growth potential with opportunities to add even more new routes to our already extensive network,says the company based in Denmark and Estonia.
According to the announcement, the two aircraft will be MAX 9-ER (Extended Range) with a range of up to 4,000 NM (7,400 km) thanks to the addition of auxiliary fuel tanks. In comparison, the base version of the MAX 9 has a range of 3,515 NM (6,510 km) with only one additional tank, according to Boeing specifications.
The president of Primera Air, Andri Már Ingólfsson, indicates that the company will become the first in the world to put into operation the Boeing 737 Max 9-ER.
We will have the opportunity to develop new routes that were previously underserved or were simply very expensive. It will also allow us to offer travelers very affordable rates and excellent service on our flights,he adds.
The new MAX 9s will be operated under a twelve-year sale and leasing agreement with Aviation Capital Group. The value of the agreement is $ 360 million. Last May, Primera Air also signed a lease agreement for eight 737 MAX 9s with Air Lease Corporation (ALC).
Primera Air is preparing to invest in the transatlantic market with low-cost flights. In addition to the 737 MAX 9, the company has ordered eight Airbus A321neo (including two A321LRs). With the inclusion of the new aircraft, the airline will connect three European airports, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, London-Stansted and Birmingham, to Newark and Boston in the spring and Toronto in summer of 2018.