Boeing and Air Algérie today confirmed an order for eight fuel-efficient 737-9 jets at the Paris Air Show.
The Algerian flag carrier also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for two 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) to meet increasing cargo demand in the region.
“This order will contribute to the development of the Air Algérie fleet,” said Yacine Benslimane, general manager of Air Algérie.
“This acquisition is part of Air Algérie’s fleet extension strategy through the purchase of new aircraft.”
Air Algérie operates a single-aisle fleet of more than 30 737-500, 737-600 and 737-800 jets. Adding the 737-9 allows the airline to carry more passengers, increasing profitability within its network.
With added capacity and increased profitability, the 737-9 is designed to serve 193 passengers in a two-class configuration with a range of 3,300 nautical miles.
“The 737-9 is ideally suited for Air Algérie’s regional network, providing it with additional capacity and flexibility to operate seamlessly with its existing 737 fleet,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“In addition, the highly reliable and capable 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters will enable Air Algerie to capture growing cargo opportunities, expanding beyond its passenger business.”
This 737-9 order was unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.