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Far Eastern Air Transport to introduce Boeing 737 MAX8 to fleet

2018/04/16 21:47:06

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Taipei, April 16 (CNA) Far Eastern Air Transport Corp. (FAT) will soon become the first Taiwanese carrier to introduce the Boeing 737 MAX8 aircraft to its fleet, with the first two planes planned to be delivered in late 2019, the airline said Monday.

"The 737 MAX will become a cornerstone of our fleet modernization strategy as we look to introduce new next-generation airplanes in the near future," said FAT President Joseph Lee (李承仲).

FAT plans to obtain a total of 11 737 MAX aircraft over the next five years by leasing two new 737 MAX a year from 2019 to 2022 and the final three in 2023 from a leasing company, Lee said.

The new fuel efficient planes will help the airline meet its goals of driving down operational costs and expanding its regional network, he said.

The company declined to reveal details on the leasing company or leasing arrangements before a contract is signed, which Lee said will take place in the near future.

The new medium-haul jets will replace all eight of the McDonnell Douglas MD-82/83 aircraft that currently form the core of FAT's fleet and will be used on routes to Northeast and Southeast Asia, as well as China, Lee said.

The 737 MAX has accumulated more than 4,400 orders from 96 customers worldwide and is the fastest selling airplane in Boeing history, according to Boeing.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Lee Hsin-Yin)