The Japan Airlines Boeing 737 selection is the latest in the series of recent sales for the Boeing twinjet, which suffered some key defeats last year to its European rival, the Airbus A320. Last week, Boeing said it had reached a preliminary agreement with Tripoli-based Buraq Air covering firm orders for three 737-800s and options for three more. "Final terms of the agreement are subject to additional discussions," says Boeing. The airline operates a fleet of seven Boeing 727-200s, Ilyushin Il-76s and Let L-410s.

Meanwhile, Icelandair's parent Flugleidir recently ordered 10 737-800s and took purchase rights on five more aircraft, for delivery from early next year. The Reykjavik-based company will use the aircraft for its new leasing venture that it is setting up in conjunction with leasing company Sunrock Aircraft. An equity partner is being sought for the business.

Source: Flight International