Comair Takes Delivery of First 737 MAX

©Boeing and Comair debut airline’s first 737 MAX

Boeing has delivered the first 737 MAX 8 to Comair, which becomes the first airline in sub-Sahara Africa to operate the fuel-efficient jet.

The airplane is the first of eight 737 MAX airplanes on order for Comair as the airline looks to refresh its fleet and offer better service for its passengers.

The new airplane enters a growing African aviation market, where the domiciled fleet has almost doubled in the past two decades. And over the next two decades, Africa will require nearly 1,200 new jets, according to Boeing’s Commercial Market Outlook. Boeing airplanes represent nearly 70% of the continent’s in-service fleet.

Comair flies an all-Boeing fleet that includes 18 Next-Generation and seven Classic 737s for its kulula.com and British Airways (operated by Comair) brands. The 737 MAX 8 will allow Comair to achieve 14% better fuel efficiency and lower emissions, while flying 600 nautical miles farther than its predecessor.

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