ALGIERS, Algeria, 13 Jan. 2014. Air Algerie has announced a commitment for eight Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes from Boeing (NYSE:BA). When finalized, the order will be worth $724 million at list prices and represents a key part of the airline's continued fleet renewal and expansion.
"Air Algerie has been a major player in North African aviation for more than 50 years and has already experienced the enhanced performance and improved economics of the 737-800," says Van Rex Gallard, vice president of sales for Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Today's commitment for additional 737-800s underlines Air Algerie's position as a leading carrier committed to providing its passengers with a wide choice of destinations and exceptional in-flight comfort."
To date, more than 4,500 737-800s have been ordered.
"The 737-800 continues to be the backbone of Air Algerie's fleet. So far, we are pleased with these aircraft, and anticipate receiving all eight of these new units before the end of 2016," says Mohamed Salah Boultif, chief executive officer of Air Algerie.
Based in Algeria's capital city Algiers, at Houari Boumedienne International Airport, Air Algerie currently serves more than 40 destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East. The Algerian flag-carrier currently operates a fleet of 17 Next-Generation 737-800s and five 737-600s.