Ruili Airlines orders 15 737 MAX, 44 737 MAX BFE

    Ruili Airlines, via its official WeChat account, announced (19-May-2018) an order for 15 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and 44 737 MAX buyer furnished equipment (BFE). The aircraft will be leased from Huaxia Financial Leasing (three), CDB Aviation Leasing (two 737 MAX 8), AVIC Leasing (eight), and SMBC Aviation Capital (two 737 MAX 8). The SMBC Aviation Capital contract is the carrier’s first with an aircraft leasing company outside of China. The first of the two aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2019. The carrier also signed 44 737 MAX aircraft cabin seats, aircraft avionics, aircraft kitchen and inflight entertainment systems agreements with Recaro Aircraft Seating, Rockwell Collins, Zodiac Aerospace, Panasonic Avionics, and Thales Avionics. Ruili Airlines aims to end 2018 with more than 20 aircraft, expanding to 40 aircraft by 2020 year end and to 80 aircraft by 2025 year end. [more – original PR – Ruili Airlines – Chinese][more – original PR – SMBC Aviation Capital]