Entering its 61st year, Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) together with Boeing Commercial Airplanes (Boeing) today announced that they are going to introduce two new 737 MAX 8 aircrafts in 2019, becoming the very first airline in Taiwan to operate the 737 MAX.
“The 737 MAX will become a cornerstone in our fleet modernization strategy as we look to introduce new next-generation airplanes in the near future,” said Joseph Lee, President of Far Eastern Air Transport. “These new fuel efficient airplanes will help us realize our goals of driving down operational costs and expanding our regional network, while also providing our valued customers and passengers with an unmatched flying experience.”
Looking back to FAT’s previous 757 fleet, and the current operating MD-80s fleet, FAT has cumulated a longstanding partnership with Boeing. Boeing has given their great support to FAT on the training of flight crews, cabin crews, as well as maintenance staff. In addition, less maintenance and repair cost and also better stability reinforce FAT’s confidence to launch the new jets on existing routes to China and Japan as well as future destinations in Southeast Asia.
Being the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, the 737 MAX has accumulated more than 4,400 orders from 96 customers worldwide. “FAT is a valued Boeing customer and we are pleased to welcome FAT as our latest 737 MAX operator,” said Lucy Yi, Sales Director, Northeast Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.”We are confident that these new airplanes will play an important role in their successful growth for many years to come.”
FAT is planning to introduce 11 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes in the coming years in order to replace their MD-80s fleet starting from winter 2019, two aircrafts each year. These jets incorporate the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, the Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays and other features to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.
With the new 737 MAX 8 fleet, 2 classes (4C, 174Y) planned, FAT has made up their mind to enter a new generation, providing better quality of service for customers traveling to Mainland China, North East Asia, and South East Asia in the near future.