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South Africa's Comair Inks Order for eight 737NGs

posted Feb 3, 2011, 4:13 AM by Elaine Bell

By Christine Boynton | February 3, 2011

Artist’s rendering of Comair 737NG. Courtesy, Boeing.

Boeing announced that South Africa's Comair ordered eight 737-800NGs. The order was valued at $646 million at list prices and had previously been attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s orders and deliveries website. The new aircraft will be flown by Comair’s low-fare airline, kuala.com and will feature the Sky Interiors cabin design. Launched in 2001, kulala.com operates 10 737s, a mix of NGs and Classics.

"The purchase of new Boeing 737-800s is historic for our company and gives all our 1,800 staff a great feeling of pride," Comair CEO Gidon Novick said. "The new fleet is an essential part of our efficiency drive, which will not only give us a cost leadership position in our industry but also provide our customers with exceptional levels of reliability and comfort with the spacious new interior."

Comair in December phased out the last of its 12 737-200s. The aircraft, which flew in both the kulula.com and British Airways liveries, in aggregate clocked more than 200,000 flying hours and carried more than 15 million passengers, Comair said.

“We’ve reached a new and exciting stage in the life of Comair, and we are pleased to welcome the new additions to our fleet, which sees us keeping abreast of technological advances while ensuring the ongoing comfort and safety of our customers,” Novick added.

In addition to the aircraft, Comair will also purchase the Maintenance Performance Toolbox from Boeing Commercial Aviation Services—which integrates manufacturer and customer documentation, links aircraft fault data to specific maintenance actions, and provides a comprehensive structural repair history for each airplane.