Boeing wins AerCap order for 737 MAX jets worth $10.7 billion

Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:45am EDT
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By Tim Hepher

PARIS (Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote) won an order for 100 737 MAX 8 passenger jets from Dutch aircraft leasing company AerCap (AER.N: Quote) at the Paris air show on Tuesday, in a deal worth $10.7 billion at list prices.

The news confirmed a Reuters report that Boeing was close to clinching the long-sought deal.

"This is something we have been working on for a long time," AerCap Chief Executive Aengus Kelly said. "It is as important a transaction for AerCap as it is for Boeing."

AerCap inherited the negotiations from U.S. leasing company ILFC, which it bought last year. ILFC had refused to join a wave of leasing company orders for the revamped 737 MAX, saying the terms must be right, a position later echoed by AerCap.

Last week, AerCap Chief Executive Aengus Kelly said the June 15-21 air show was likely to produce fewer orders this year than in the past, presenting an ideal time to negotiate with planemakers for favorable deals.

"We know there is demand out there for this aircraft type," Kelly said. "We are very comfortable with the supply we see coming down the pipe from the manufacturers. We will see what happens with rate 60."

Boeing and Airbus are exploring increases in production of their most popular single-aisle models to about 60 aircraft a month by the end of the decade on top of existing plans to reach 50-52 a month in 2017-18.

Some suppliers have expressed caution over already steep production increases, however.   Continued...

A Boeing 737 aircraft is seen during the manufacturing process at Boeing's 737 airplane factory in Renton, Washington, United States May 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool