Caribbean Airlines has selected Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 aircraft to renew its single-aisle fleet.

The 737 MAX 8 jets will replace the airline’s current fleet, Boeing suggests, with delivery of the 12 aircraft anticipated in the coming years.

“The 737 MAX allows us to continue offering a safe and comfortable experience for our passengers, while significantly improving fuel efficiency and environmental performance,” said Caribbean Airlines chief executive officer, Garvin Medera. “All of these elements position us for long-term success.”

The aircraft incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines and advanced technology winglets. The airline suggests the MAX 8 will provide up to 16% fuel savings compared to its current fleet.

The 737 MAX 8 will seat up to 160 passengers in Caribbean Airlines’ three-class configuration featuring the ‘Caribbean Plus’ cabin, and Boeing says it will provide more than 500 nautical miles more range than the existing aircraft.

“We are honoured that Caribbean Airlines has placed its trust once again in the Boeing airplane family and chosen to bridge to the future with the 737 MAX 8. Its selection reaffirms the partnership we have built together with the Next-Generation 737 family,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company.

This builds on the partnership between the pair, as Caribbean Airlines has operated the B737-800 since it was founded twelve years ago.

Caribbean Airlines also participates in Boeing’s Fuel Dashboard Programme and uses the manufacturer’s consumable and expendable material services.

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