Greater Bay Airlines and Boeing announced the signing of an agreement to acquire 15 737 MAX 9 on Friday. The Hong Kong-based airline has also signed a commitment to order five 787-9 Dreamliner widebodies, which will form its long-haul fleet.
“The 737-9 will allow GBA to open up new routes from Hong Kong with unmatched economics,” said Wong Cho Bau, chairman of GBA. “The new order will bring fantastic growth possibilities to GBA and enable us to strive for excellence in an innovative way for our valued customers.”
Before relying on the 737 MAX 9, Greater Bay intends to receive more 737-800 jets to join the three aircraft of the type currently operated.
The Hong Kong carrier’s flight network comprises destinations in Asia and mainland China such as Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo and Seoul.
Greater Bay started scheduled flights in July 2022, but has an ambitious expansion plan for the coming years.
The deal with a Chinese airline also breaks a long hiatus without orders in the country, amid a heightened climate between the US and Chinese governments.