Hong Kong-based Greater Bay Airlines (GBA) and Boeing have announced an order for 15 737-9 airplanes which includes a commitment for five 787 Dreamliners which will support GBA’s long-term plan to launch an international long-haul service.

The 737-9 will form the backbone of GBA’s future fleet when it operates more flights between Hong Kong and major cities in Asia and Mainland China. This is due to the aircraft’s enhanced capacity and range which will lower trip costs.

Wong Cho Bau, chairman of GBA, said: “The 737-9 will allow GBA to open up new routes from Hong Kong with unmatched economics

“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.”

The 737-9 seats over 190 passengers in a two-class configuration with a range of 3,300 nautical miles. The 737 MAX provides efficiency, improved environmental performance and an increase in passenger comfort to the single-aisle market.

In addition, it reduces fuel use and emissions by 20% compared to the aircraft it replaces.

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GBA is an all-Boeing carrier, with a current fleet of three 737-800 jets with flights to Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo and Seoul. Additional 737-800s will allow the carrier to meet its expansion needs before the arrival of the 737-9.

Greater Bay Airlines began scheduled service in July 2022 and aims to develop an extensive network of air services to major after the opening of the three-runway system at Hong Kong International Airport in late 2024. 

Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “GBA’s commitment for 737-9s is a major endorsement of our 737 MAX family and its ability to serve new markets.

“The 737-9 will provide GBA with unmatched efficiency and reliability and lower operating costs, while continuing to provide a premium on-board experience for its passengers.”