The Boeing Co. and Delta Air Lines announced an order valued at $8.5 billion for 100 jets.
The order had been reported earlier this week, but neither Boeing nor Delta confirmed it until Thursday
Delta ordered 100 737-900 Extended Range planes with a list price of $85.8 million each. Jet makers tend to discount from list prices, especially on large orders.
“The 737-900ER is the perfect airplane to replace the older, less efficient airplanes in our single-aisle fleet,” said Ed Bastian, president of Delta.
The U.S.-based carrier has 757s that need replacing. Those jets have been in service 18 years on average, according to Delta’s website. Boeing doesn’t build the 757 any more.
The 737-900ER is Boeing’s highest capacity, longest-range single aisle jet.
“As an industry-leading airline, Delta’s investment validates the continuous improvements we are making to the Next-Generation 737’s efficiency, economics, reliability and passenger comfort,” said Marlin Dailey, vice president of sales for Boeing.