The first Boeing Next-Generation 737 (737NG) aircraft has been ordered by China Eastern Airlines.
The lease was handled by China Development Bank (CDB) Financial Leasing Co. Ltd. It is the first in a series of 30 leases planned by CDB for 737NGs.
"We are delighted to take delivery of CDB Leasing's first directly purchased Boeing airplane," Wang Xuedong, chairman of CDB Leasing, said. "Our commitment to our customers is to provide them with the most efficient and reliable products and the 737 family of airplanes clearly delivers on that promise."
The first plane delived for China Eastern Airlines was a Next-Generation 737-800, which has an enhanced interior as well as sculpted sidewalls, pivoting overhead stowage bins and LED lighting.
"We are honored that CDB Leasing has selected Boeing's 737 family of airplanes to play an integral role in the long-term success of their commercial aircraft business," Ihssane Mounir, SVP of Northeast Asia Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said. "We look forward to strengthening our partnership with CDB Leasing as they continue to add new 737s into their portfolio and expand their business globally."
Boeing has a major presence in South Carolina, with an assembly plant in North Charleston.
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