Boeing has landed its first order from an African airline for its new 737 Max line of single-aisle jets.
Comair Limited, parent company of South Africa's Kulula.Com airlines, today revealed an order for eight 737 Max 8 aircraft. At list prices, those plane are worth $830 million.
Boeing listed the Comair sale on its web site in December, but didn't disclose the name of the customer.
The 737 Max is the newest version of Boeing's popular 737 twin-engine aircraft. The Max versions include new engines, modified aerodynamic features and split wingtips that promise to improve the fuel efficiency of the 737 by 14 percent over the most economical plane now available in its class.
With the order for the 737 Max 8s, Comair will have a total of 12 737s on order from Boeing. Comair has existing orders for four 737-8 aircraft.
All 737s including the new Max versions of the plane are built at Boeing's Renton plant. The first 737 Max aircraft are due to enter commercial service in 2017.
Boeing has sold more than 10,000 737s since it first produced the plane in the '60s. It has orders for more than 1,800 of the Max version of the plane.
Here's a video from Kulula and Boeing about building a Kulula 737-800 at Renton.