737 Max's Desert Dance: Boeing Eyes Major Deal with Saudi Start-Up Riyadh Air

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  • Boeing Co BA disclosed that it is working on a deal with Riyadh Air to sell 150 of its 737 Max jetliners.
  • The Saudi Arabian startup airline, wholly owned by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), is looking to buy around 300-400 single-aisle jets, as per Bloomberg.
  • Based on market-value estimates by consultant Ascend by Cirium, at the current going rate of $53 million for a Max 8, the 150-jet order may be valued at around $8 billion.
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  • Boeing declined to comment, and Riyadh Air and PIF didn't respond to the comment request. Airbus SE EADSF can also claim a part of this order, as per the report.
  • It is Boeing's second major deal in the Gulf market, with the earlier being for its larger 787 Dreamliners with Riyadh Air and Saudia for their long-range flights. As part of the transaction, Riyadh Air will be receiving 39 787-9 jets, with options for 33 more. 
  • Earlier this month, Ryanair Holdings PLC RYAAY disclosed ordering 300 new 737-MAX-10 aircraft from Boeing for $40 billion.
  • Last month, Aircraft leasing company Avolon committed to order 40 of Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft
  • Also ReadBoeing's April Delivery Decline Sparks New Deals
  • Price Action: BA shares are closing higher by 0.27% at $204.17 premarket on the last check Tuesday.
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