Leisure Airline Jet2.com has signed an aircraft order with Boeing for 27 Next Generation 737-800s, valued at around £1.7bn at current list prices.
Leeds-based Jet2.com currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of nearly 60 aircraft. However this is the firm’s first direct Boeing order.
The aircraft will be used to take the company’s package holiday and flight-only customers to leisure destinations in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. They will also fly to a number of popular European leisure cities.
Philip Meeson, executive chairman of Jet2.com, said; “Today’s order for 27 additional 737-800NGs will be delivered over the next two years and will provide Jet2.com with the necessary cost effective, reliable and comfortable environment to allow us to build upon our already highly successful family friendly business.
“We are extremely pleased to have finalised this order for more of what has already proven to be a popular, aircraft within our fleet.’’
Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales Boeing Commercial Airplanes, added; ‘’The 737-800 is the best-selling version of the highly successful Next-Generation 737 family and has accumulated more than 6,900 orders worldwide.
“We are very proud that Jet2.com has again selected Boeing to meet its continuing fleet requirements.’’
Jet2.com is a subsidiary of Dart Group, an Aim listed leisure travel group.
The company started commercial aircraft operations in 1983 and passenger flights to sun destinations from Leeds Bradford Airport in 2003.
Jet2.com now flies over three million customers a year through a combination of package holidays and flight only services to 55 destinations across 364 holiday resorts from seven Northern departure bases.