Boeing today announced an order of 50 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from the start-up carrier Green Africa Airways. The carrier has placed also an option for another 50 aircraft, making a total commitment of up to 100 aircraft.
This order represents also a milestone for African aviation. The total deal carries a list price of $11.7 billion, the largest aircraft agreement from Africa.
Green Africa it’s a company that will soon start operations from Lagos, Nigeria. The new airline has received its Air Transport License from the Nigerian government and is anchored by a group of senior industry leaders led by Tom Horton, former Chairman and CEO of American Airlines, William Shaw, Founder and former CEO of VivaColombia and Virasb Vahidi, former CCO of American Airlines.
The African carrier will fly first on domestic Nigerian routes and later on expand as a major budget carrier in Africa.