Air Berlin places Boeing order

Boeing announced today that Air Berlin intends to purchase 60 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s and is also identifying an order placed earlier this year for 15 737-700s.

The combined value of the 75 airplanes is $5.1bn at list prices. Air Berlin and Boeing are in the process of finalising the order for the 60 airplanes. When finalised, this will be the largest 737 order in German aviation history.

The 15 737-700s were purchased by German airline dba and previously accounted for on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries Web site, but were not identified. Since then, dba has been acquired by Air Berlin.

Air Berlin also has 10 unfilled 737-700s from a dba order announced in 2005. Consequently, Air Berlin expects to take delivery of a total of 85 737s, starting in November 2007.