Excel Airways, a subsidiary of Avion Group signed a contract today with General Electric Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) for the lease of two Boeing 737-900ER's and two Boeing 737-800's.
The first 737-900ER's, who will be able to carry 215 passenger over a distance of 4.000 km., will be rolling out of the factory in 2007 and Excel Airways will receive theirs in May 2008. The 737-800's will be delivered in the second quarter of 2007.
In addition to this, contracts for the lease of four 737-700's have been finalized. Two will be coming from ILFC (International Lease Finance Corporation) and two from RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland). They will enter
service in the first half of 2007.
The new jets will be used on routes from London Gatwick and Manchester to destinations in the Canary Islands, Southern Europe and the Mediterrinean.
All 8 jets will be leased for a period of 8 years.
[Edited 2006-02-23 12:13:40]