Boeing and Nok Airlines Public Company Limited (Nok Air) have announced from the Singapore Airshow a commitment to order eight next-generation 737-800s and seven 737 MAX 8s. The commitment, valued at US$1.45 billion at list prices, will establish Nok Air as the first airline in Thailand to operate the 737 MAX.
While Nok Air currently operates a fleet of 14 next-generation 737s, this will mark the airline’s first direct order with Boeing.
“This commitment is a major step in our growth strategy,” said Patee Sarasin, CEO of Nok Air. “The 737 is the backbone of our fleet and will continue to be in the future. These airplanes position us for growth and ensure that we’ll continue to operate the most reliable and fuel-efficient aircraft.”
“The 737 has been a key component of Nok Air’s growth over the past ten years,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior Vice President of Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737 MAX is an excellent complement to Nok Air’s fleet and its low-cost business model. The airplane’s efficiency, reliability and passenger amenities will enable the airline to continue to provide its customers high-quality service at a low cost.”