(15 Mar 2022, 11:49 +07)
Arajet, a new Caribbean airline, has ordered 20
Boeing 737 MAX airplanes, specifically the high-capacity 737-8-200
The airline also has options to purchase 15 additional 737 MAX
jets which, along with existing lease agreements, could take the
airline’s new fleet to 40 aircraft.
“The efficient Boeing 737 MAX, together with
financial and operational support from our partners at Griffin and
Bain Capital, gives us the solid foundation necessary to provide
flights at affordable prices to travelers in the region,” said
Victor Pacheco Mendez, founder and executive officer of Arajet.
“These partners believe in our vision and see the same bright
future for this market and beyond. The entire team was elated to
see our first aircraft arrive in Santo Domingo a few days ago, and
we are eager to expand our fleet with more of these amazing jets
in the months ahead.”
Arajet Boeing 737-8
The airline, based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will leverage
the range of the 737 MAX to serve a large number of
traditional and underserved markets in the continental United
States, Brazil, Colombia and beyond.
Arajet’s first jet, a 737-8 leased from Griffin
Global Asset Management, was delivered earlier this month.
“The 737 MAX is the perfect fit for Arajet and
it’s an honor to welcome this exciting new operator to the Boeing
family,” said Mike Wilson, vice president of sales, Latin America
& Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Flying an exclusive 737
MAX fleet will enable Arajet to save on fuel, maintenance and
operations costs, and pass those savings on to its customers.”
As travel and tourism recovers globally, Arajet
is expected to create approximately 4,000 new jobs and significant new economic
development to the island nation. Tourism makes up 8.4% of the
Dominican Republic’s GDP.