SEATTLE, May 13, 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) on Monday celebrated the delivery of the leasing company's 400th Boeing 737 airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800 that ILFC customer Travel Service will operate under lease. The airplane, shown here during a test flight, is equipped with performance-enhancing Blended Winglets, which improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 4 percent.
ILFC, an international market leader in the leasing and remarketing of commercial jet aircraft to airlines around the world, received its first 737, a 737-200, in June 1978. With this delivery, ILFC has received a total of 660 jetliners from Boeing including MD-11s, MD-80s, 727s, 737 Classics, Next-Generation 737s, 747s, 757s, 767s and 777s. Currently, ILFC's portfolio includes more than 900 jet airplanes valued at more than $50 billion.
Travel Service, a Prague-based carrier together with its 100-percent-owned Hungarian subsidiary Travel Service Kft., operates an all-Boeing fleet of 12 737s, including 10 Next-Generation 737-800s. The company offers charter flights to more than 230 airports on four continents, as well as low-cost scheduled service to major European destinations through its Smart Wings brand. The airline also has one 787 Dreamliner and two Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes on order.
The Next-Generation 737 family is the most technologically advanced airplane family in the single-aisle market. The Next-Generation 737's market success is confirmed by air finance investors, who consistently rank it as the most preferred airplane due to its wide market base, superior efficiency and lowest operating costs in its class. More than 110 customers around the world have ordered more than 4,720 Next-Generation 737s. Boeing has unfilled orders for more than 2,200 Next-Generation 737s that are worth in excess of $155 billion at current list prices.
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