Comair comfirms 737-800 fleet renewal

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South African carrier Comair has confirmed its order for eight Boeing 737-800 aircraft for its low-cost unit kulula.com.

ATI previously reported Comair, a British Airways franchise operation, tentatively signed for the aircraft in February 2010, at which point the carrier said deliveries would stretch between 2012-2015.

The aircraft will be fitted with the Boeing Sky Interior, along with the CFM56-7BE engine and external aerodynamic refinements to deliver a 2% fuel burn improvement over today's Next Generation 737.

Boeing says the order was booked previously into the backlog, but was attributed to an unidentified customer.

kulula.com currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 13 737s, including three 737-800 aircraft.

Additionally, Comair says it is purchasing Boeing's Maintenance Performance Toolbox, which the airframer says "improves an airline's fleet efficiency by integrating manufacturer and customer documentation, use of intelligent graphics, cross-document searching and linking aircraft fault data to specific maintenance actions".

Boeing adds the system also provides structural repair history for each airframe "while reducing the time needed to find tail-specific technical information in time-critical situations, such as line maintenance troubleshooting and dispatch".

The airframer says the order is valued at $646 million at current list prices.