(China Knowledge) – BOC Aviation Limited
(“BOC Aviation” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the delivery of the
first of six new Airbus A321CEO aircraft to Finnish national carrier Finnair.
The remaining five aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2017. All six
aircraft placed are from the Company’s existing order book.
"Our relationship with Finnair dates
back to 2001, and we are pleased to partner with them once again, to support
their fleet and network expansion plans," said Steven Townend, Chief
Commercial Officer (Europe, Americas, Africa), BOC Aviation. “This lease
placement demonstrates the increased demand we are seeing for larger capacity
single-aisle aircraft, and our clear ability to provide comprehensive fleet
solutions to our customers seeking fuel-efficient aircraft. We look forward to
building on our long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship with
Finnair,” added Mr. Townend.
"Finnair is undergoing a significant
growth phase and plans to increase its passenger capacity by up to 10 percent
annually over the next few years. These brand new A321s from BOC Aviation are a
part of that growth, and will be used in our European traffic, contributing to
our targets of offering a high-level customer experience on the connecting
flights and growing our extensive network," said Riku Aho, Vice President,
Fleet Management, Finnair.
Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North
America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than
ten million passengers annually and connecting 18 cities in Asia with more than
70 destinations in Europe and 7 in the Americas. The only Nordic carrier with a
4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline Award for Best
Airline Northern Europe for the past seven years running. Finnair is a oneworld
About BOC Aviation
BOC Aviation is a leading global aircraft
operating leasing company with a fleet of 483 aircraft owned, managed and on
order. Its owned and managed fleet was leased to 68 airlines worldwide in 32
countries as at 31 December 2016. BOC Aviation is listed on the Hong Kong Stock
Exchange (HKEx code: 2588) and has its headquarters in Singapore with offices
in Dublin, London, and Tianjin.