Primera Air has signed the purchase of two additional Boeing 737 Max 9 airliners for 2019, thereby increasing the order to a total of 10 new units. This will further enhance the carrier’s growth potential with possibilities of adding even more new routes to its already extensive network.
“Being the first airline in the world to take the Boeing 737 Max 9 – Extended Range into service gives Primera Air a fantastic opportunity and position to grow new traffic on routes that so far have been either underserved or simply very expensive. It will also allow us to offer travellers very friendly fares and great service on our flights,” says Andri Már Ingólfsson, the president and owner of Primera Air.
At the same time Primera Air has signed an agreement with Aviation Capital Group for the sale and leaseback of three Boeing 737 Max 9 airliners that Primera Air has on order from Boeing due for delivery in 2019. The total value of the three aircrafts is $360 million.
Under the terms of the agreement, the aircraft will be leased back for 12 years. The announcement of this sale and leaseback transaction with Aviation Capital Group which successfully won the mandate in a competitive selection, marks Primera´s fleet upgrade and expansion. It will not only contribute to expanding airline’s network across the Atlantic but will also reduce fuel consumption by up to 15% in comparison with Primera’s current fleet of 737-800 Next Generation aircraft.
The Max 9-ER is fitted with auxiliary tanks and has the longest range of the Boeing 737-Max family, reaching 4000 Nautical miles. Taking into service Max 9’s will enable Primera Air to cover new routes that so far have been served almost exclusively by wide-body aircraft. The unique fuel economy possibilities of this new aircraft will allow to operate routes currently not served with direct flights, including flights from many of Europe’s largest cities.
Primera Air is a scheduled operator, operating flights to more than 70 airports in Europe. Primera Air is based in Denmark and Latvia, and is part of the Primera Travel Group that operates travel agencies and tour operating companies in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Estonia.
Boeing 737 MAX 9-ER Specification:
Seating 189 (16J + 162Y) to 220 max
Seat pitch 31–32 in (79 – 81 cm) in economy, 36 in (91 cm) in business
Cargo capacity 1,814 cu.ft / 51.37 m³
Length 138 ft 2 in / 42.11 m
Wingspan 117 ft 10 in / 35.92 m
Wing Area 1,370 sq ft (127 m2)
Overall height 40 ft 4 in / 12.3 m
Maximum takeoff weight 194,700 lb / 88,314 kg
Maximum landing weight 163,900 lb / 74,344 kg
Maximum zero fuel weight 156,500 lb / 70,987 kg
Fuel capacity 6,820 USgal / 25,817 L, excluding ACT
Engine (× 2) CFM International LEAP-1B, 69 in (175 cm) Fan diameter
Thrust (× 2) 26,786–29,317 lbf (119–130 kN)
Cruising speed Mach 0.79 (453 kn; 839 km/h)
Range (2-class) 4.000 nmi (7,400 km)
Ceiling 41,000 ft (12,000 m)