NokAir aircraft

Nok Air has finalised the $1.45bn order with Boeing for eight Next-Generation 737-800 and seven 737 MAX 8 aircraft, marking the budget carriers’ most extensive fleet renewal to date.

As part of the deal, the Thai airline is also planning to convert one of its 737-800s into a 737 MAX at a later date.

This marks first direct order with Boeing.for Nok Air, which already operates a fleet of 15 Next-Generation 737s.

The order will make Nok Air the first Thai airline to operate the 737 MAX when launched by Boeing in 2017.

Built on existing blended winglet structure, the Split Scimitar model features new strengthened spars, aerodynamic scimitar tips and a large ventral strake.

Nok Air CEO Patee Sarasin said that the 737 has contributed to company growth over the past ten years.

"This order is a key part of our disciplined fleet strategy."

"This order is a key part of our disciplined fleet strategy," Sarasin said.

Building on strengths of the current Next-Generation 737, the B737 MAX incorporates large winglets, advanced CFM International LEAP-1B engines, which offer enhanced fuel efficiency, range and quieter operation.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes global sales and marketing senior vice-president John Wojick said: "The efficiency, reliability and cabin amenities of the 737 combined with Nok Air’s innovative products and services will enable the airline to continue to provide its customers high-quality service at a low cost."

With 2,017 orders from 40 customers for the 737 MAX, Boeing claims that airlines operating this aircraft would see an 8% operating cost per seat advantage.

Image: Nok Air’s Next-Generation 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Boeing.