Airbus A320neo deficit urged Air Lease to place order for 50 Boeing 737MAX. Congo Airways failed to extend lease agreement for 2 Embraer airplanes
Lease company refused three wide-body airplanes Boeing 787 in favor of 18 narrow-body airplanes Boeing 737.
Just after three months after placing big order for more than 100 narrow-body airplanes of Airbus production lease company Air Lease Corporation (ALC) acquires 50 units of Boeing 737MAX.
New order consists of 32 MAX (of the variants -8 and -9) plus 18 airplanes Boeing 737 that company will take instead of cancelled order for three wide-body Boeing 787. Deliveries of the new airplanes are planned from 2024 to 2026.
ALC increases fleet of narrow-body airplanes expecting growth of the sales in this segment in the current year on the wave of fast recovery of the domestic flight markets all over the world. In December of the previous year lessor transformed into firm order protocol of intentions for 166 units Airbus including 25 cross overs A220-300, 59 units A321neo, 20 ultra-long distance A321neoXLR, 5 wide-body A330-900 and 7 freight A350F signed during Dubai Air Show 2021.
Congo Airways commented situation with the lease of two Embraer airplanes. The reason of impossibility to extend lease agreement for two Embraer airplanes was explained in Congolese airline company on March 18th.
Congo Airways declaration says that lease agreement of two Embraer airplanes signed with Kenya Airways wasn’t extended just because of operation reasons.
This situation will not affect passengers in any way, Congo Airways declared. It is also stated that in the nearest future Congo Airways will supplement fleet at the account of Airbus A320 that was sent to Morocco to undergo maintenance operations and also leased A319 capable to transport 150 passengers.