Southwest Airlines Co. became the first carrier to order Boeing Co.'s 737 MAX, purchasing 150 of the more-efficient planes and 58 other 737s in the largest aircraft order ever.
MAX deliveries will start in 2017, and the deal includes options for 150 more, Southwest said today in a statement. The order is valued at almost $19 billion at list prices, which are usually discounted for airlines. The MAX's three variants are priced from $77.7 million for the smallest to $101.7 million for the largest, Boeing said today.
The news comes about a week after Boeing signed a new contract with the Machinists Union and days after it put an end to a lawsuit by the National Labor Relations Board over the building of a non-union plant in South Carolina.
No doubt the resigned machinists and other Boeing workers are glad to hear that they'll have plenty of work to do for the foreseeable future.