Boeing yesterday confirmed the delivery of the 401st Boeing B737 type to aviation leasing giant GECAS, making it 500th Boeing aircraft delivered to the General Electric Capital Aviation Services overall. The event was suitably celebrated as a milestone in the relationship between the two American aviation icons.
‘This is a major milestone in our 20-year association with Boeing’ said Norm Liu, President and CEO of GECAS. ‘We are proud to take delivery of our 500th Boeing airplane. Boeing is a key business partner providing us with advanced, efficient and reliable airplanes that our airline customers need to be successful in today’s competitive marketplace’.
GECAS has ordered a total of 645 Boeing airplanes, recently adding the 787-10 and the 737 MAX to their order book. GECAS until now has taken delivery of a large portfolio of different Boeing airplanes, including 57 777s, 30 767s, eight 747s and four 757s.
‘We are honored to celebrate the delivery of GECAS’ 500th Boeing airplane’ responded Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner before adding: ‘Boeing values our 20-year relationship with GECAS and we look forward to continuing to be part of GECAS’ growth and strengthen our partnership for decades to come’.