Jun 24, 2017: Boeing and Ruili Airlines, a Chinese low-cost airline based at Kunming Changshui International Airport announced the signing of a MoU for 20 737 MAX airplanes valued at just about $2.2 billion at current list prices at the 2017 Paris Air Show.
"We are very excited about adding more 737 MAX airplanes to our fleet," said Xie Jinguo, general manager, Ruili Airlines. "The 737 MAX's promised efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort make it a very compelling airplane for us in our domestic and regional network."
Launched in May 2014, Ruili Airlines operates a fleet of 14 Boeing 737 airplanes on 28 domestic routes with 76 daily departures. The start-up carrier plans to expand its fleet to 40 aircraft by the end of 2020.
"We have been impressed by the remarkable development of Ruili Airlines over the past three years," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president, Global Sales and Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We are honored to continue playing an important role in Ruili's long-term success with the addition of the 737 MAX. The airplanes will further strengthen Ruili's network by adding more domestic and regional routes in the years to come."