SEATTLE: Discount carrier AirTran Airways is set to order as many as 114 narrow-body jets from Boeing Co, adding the 737 to its fleet of 717s, according to sources familiar with the situation.
The rapidly growing Florida-based airline is said to be interested in ordering fifty 737s with options for 50 more, and as many as 14 more 717s, after ruling out A320 family jets built by European plane maker Airbus SAS.
At list prices, which are routinely discounted, the 114 jets would cost just over US$6bil.
General Electric Co’s financing unit GE Capital Aviation Services, or GECAS, is expected to lease or finance delivery of part of the 737 order, comprising mostly jets already ordered from Boeing by GECAS.
General Electric jointly operates CFM International, which has an exclusive contract to supply all 737 engines with 50-50 partner Snecma, which is owned by the French government. – Reuters