Argentina’s flagship carrier Aerolineas Argentinas has signed a deal with Boeing for 20 next generation 737-800 airplanes in a deal valued at around US$1.8 billion according to list price.
The contract, which was signed yesterday at a ceremony in Buenos Aires, is the latest milestone achievement by the carrier, which joined Sky Team in 2012.
“This is a landmark order for our company, both in the number of aircraft and in what they signify for our fleet,” said president of Aerolineas Argentinas Mariano. Recalde. “This agreement is a key part of a greater plan to renew our fleet and prepare our operations to accommodate growing demand. The Boeing Next-Generation 737-800, which has more seats than our current single-aisle fleet, will give us more flexibility to operate both domestic and regional routes.”
Van Rex Gallard, vice president of sales, Latin America, Africa & the Caribbean added: “Our partnership with Aerolineas extends back to the days of the Douglas DC-3,” he added. “We have worked side by side with Aerolineas to help provide world-class aviation to the people of Argentina.”
“Aviation is a key element in economic growth and development, and the success of Aerolineas Argentinas’ transformation strategy, helped by the addition of the most efficient single-aisle airplanes flying, will help drive Argentina further ahead in the 21st century.”