SAN FRANCISCO, (Xinhua) --
Nigeria startup airline Green Africa Airways has
pledged to buy up to 100 737 Boeing MAX 8 aircraft in the
largest commitment that carries a total list-price of 11.7
billion U.S. dollars, U.S. top aircraft manufacturer Boeing
Company said Friday.
The commitment is
evenly split into 50 firm aircraft and 50 options as the
Nigerian air carrier is gearing up to begin commercial
operations with an ambitious plan to build a strong Pan African
aviation network, including the Nigerian domestic market, Boeing
Founded in 2016 with
its headquarters in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria and
the largest city in Africa, Green Africa Airways has received
its Air Transport License from the Nigerian government.
includes 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.
“This landmark deal
takes us much closer to our long-held dream of building a
world-class airline that will unlock a new realm of positive
possibilities for millions of customers,” said Babawande Afolabi,
founder and CEO of Green Africa Airways.
Boeing said Nigeria
has enjoyed a great potential for growing air travel across the
country, and the airlines in Africa will buy a total of 1,190
new airplanes over the next couple of decades when the continent
boosts both intra-continental and intercontinental connectivity
via an airplane fleet expected to more than double in 20 years.
Hailing the 737 MAX
family as the fastest-selling aircraft, Boeing has grabbed
accumulated 4,800 orders from more than 100 customers across the