Boeing and Aerolineas Argentinas, the flag carrier of Argentina, and a member of the SkyTeam alliance, have completed an agreement for 20 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The agreement is valued at $1.8 billion at list prices. When the order is finalized, it will be posted as a firm order to the Boeing orders and deliveries website.
At a signing ceremony in Buenos Aires today, Dr. Mariano Recalde, president of Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral Lineas Aereas, and Van Rex Gallard, vice president of Sales, Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, formalized the agreement, which will help Aerolineas build on a fleet of 26 Next-Generation 737s currently operated by the Argentine carrier.
Dr. Recalde said:
“This is a landmark order for our company, both in the number of aircraft and in what they signify for our fleet. This agreement is a key part of a greater plan to renew our fleet and prepare our operations to accommodate growing demand. The Boeing Next-Generation 737-800, which has more seats than our current single-aisle fleet, will give us more flexibility to operate both domestic and regional routes.
Gallard noted that the agreement extends a long legacy of partnership between Boeing and Aerolineas Argentinas:
“Our partnership with Aerolineas extends back to the days of the Douglas DC-3. We have worked side by side with Aerolineas to help provide world-class aviation to the people of Argentina. Aviation is a key element in economic growth and development, and the success of Aerolineas Argentinas’ transformation strategy, helped by the addition of the most efficient single-aisle airplanes flying, will help drive Argentina further ahead in the 21st century,”