Seattle, WA - Executives at MetroAir today singed for 6 brand new Boeing long haul aircraft in a deal that could be worth over $2bn at current list prices. The announcement comes after a difficult few years at the US carrier following a series of re-structures and cost cutting as well as a change in leadership.
The order, which has been in the pipeline for several months was finally signed for today at Boeing’s Seattle headquarters by the airlines Chief Executive Officer, William Hogarth. Also present at the signing was Boeing’s Stanley Deal, Executive VP of Global Operations. Who said “It’s fantastic to be continuing our relationship with MetroAir and we are pleased they have used our services once again to further their expansive network. We look forward to seeing these aircraft enter their fleet in the months ahead”
MetroAir is to take delivery of 3 Boeing 787-8 aircraft and 3 B777-300ER aircraft, which will eventually see the airline operate 25 examples of each type in the fleet. Mr Hogarth said “We are glad to be here today signing for these new aircraft as it is another positive step forward for us as a business. These planes will help us continue to offer convenient flights to more places around the world and provide our customers with even more options. We have worked well with Boeing over the last decade and it’s great to be continuing this relationship today.”
MetroAir has seen a steady increase in its Boeing fleet over the last 5 years after the airline returned to Boeing for its new long haul needs after solely using Airbus aircraft for many years. It’s fleet now rivals that of many major airlines on the world stage and its route network continues to grow steadily with more routes planned to be announced in August.
Mr Hogarth said “Aviation is a tough gig - it’s a constant battle to remain competitive & financially viable in an over crowded market. Every airline experiences difficult times but it’s how the company react to these changes that ultimately map out their fate. We believe we have now found the right balance that will see us continue to thrive”
MetroAir is expected to take delivery of the first of the 6 new planes in September with deliveries planned through to April 2020. No details have been given regarding the planned routes of these new types but sources close to the operation have suggested that Africa is a strong possibility for at least one of the aircraft.