BOC Aviation orders eight 777s for lease to THAI

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Singapore-based aircraft lessor BOC Aviation has placed an order for eight Boeing 777-300ERs to be leased to Thai Airways International on a long-term basis.

Powered by General Electric GE90-115BL engines, the will be delivered from August 2012 to October 2013, says the lessor.

This is the first time that it is working with Thailand's flag carrier, says BOC Aviation, owned by Bank of China.

"These additional Boeing 777-300ERs support Thai's commitment to expanding market presence while delivering profitable growth," says Marlin Dailey, VP of sales and marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Including the latest purchase, BOC Aviation has 13 widebody aircraft on firm order and another four on committed purchase and leaseback for delivery through to 2013.

"We are in the process of replenishing our order book as air traffic has returned strongly. With the order of these eight Boeing 777-300ERs for lease to Thai, we have further strengthened the quality of both our lease and aircraft portfolios," says Robert Martin, managing director and CEO, BOC Aviation.