International banking group Standard Chartered Bank has been confirmed as the customer for a previously unidentified order for ten 737-800s. The order is valued at $960m.
Speaking at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow, Kieran Corr, Head of Aviation Finance at Standard Chartered, said: “We are excited about adding these new Boeing aircraft to our fleet. Our current portfolio consists of over 110 aircraft on operating lease to airline clients globally. We are committed to continuing to grow and diversify our client base over the next couple of years.
“We are investing to leverage our global and leasing capabilities to demonstrate our commitment to key clients by providing aircraft on operating lease to meet increasing air traffic demand across some of the world’s fastest growing regions. With deliveries through 2018, these new Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s will help us meet near-term client demand and expand our client base in our core markets, such as North East Asia.”
“Our key markets are Asia, Africa and the Middle East, with a focus on emerging markets. We want to help the aviation sector grow in those markets to drive regional trade and investment and we can only do that with an expanded diversified fleet.”
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner added: “We’re proud that Standard Chartered has chosen the Next-Generation 737 to grow its Aviation Finance business. They’ve had great success in the past with 717s and 737 Classics, and we’re pleased to welcome them back to Boeing.”