Boeing and Mauritania Airlines have announced an order for one 737 MAX 8 airliner at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The order, valued at $112.4 million at list prices, was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.
“The 737 MAX will complement our growing fleet and is the perfect aircraft for short to medium-haul operations across the Sahel region and Europe, feeding traffic into our hub airport at Nouakchott,” said Mohamed Radhi Bennahi, chief executive officer, Mauritania Airlines. “This aircraft will play a major role in growing our business in the years to come.”
The 737 MAX is powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines, and features Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver high efficiency.
“This order is yet another endorsement for the 737 MAX from one of our African customers,” said Van Rex Gallard, vice president of Sales for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We look forward to delivering this first 737 MAX to Mauritania later this year.”
Based in Mauritania’s capital city Nouakchott, at Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport, Mauritania Airlines was founded in 2010 and currently serves more than 10 destinations across Africa and Europe. The Mauritanian flag-carrier currently operates a fleet which includes one Next-Generation 737-800, one Next Generation 737-700 and two 737-500s.