SunWest Airlines and Boeing Commercial Airplanes have reached an agreement that will see the airline take delivery of 10 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft beginning in late 2020. The purchase, valued at $1.2 billion according to list prices, is part of a long-term fleet renewal process targeting increased efficiency and ecological improvements.
"The economic advantages of the 737 MAX, as well as our long-standing relationship with Boeing made this an easy decision for us," said CEO Andrew De Forest. "The 737 has been the backbone of our fleet for decades, and we look forward to the improved capabilities of the MAX."
The 737 MAX 8 is part of a family of airplanes that offer 130 to 230 seats and the ability to fly up to 3,850 nautical miles (7,130 kilometers). With improvements such as the CFM International LEAP-1B engine and Advanced Technology winglets, the 737 MAX provides operators a 14% improvement over today's most efficient single-aisle airplanes and extended range to open up new destinations.
While a delivery scheduled is still to be determined, the airline anticipates its first aircraft arriving on company property some time in late 2020.
SunWest is one of the fastest growing carriers in the United States. With hundreds of daily flights, SunWest has established itself as a leader in both business and leisure air travel by providing customers with honest and transparent prices.
Founded in 1980 with a handful of prop aircraft, SunWest has grown into a major carrier, operating the latest jet aircraft, all while maintaining the same award-winning customer service approach that got us where we are.