CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing (CDB Leasing), has announced the completion of deliveries of a fleet of 15 new Boeing aircraft to United Airlines (United). The sale-and-leaseback transaction covered a fleet of two 787-9 Dreamliners and thirteen 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which were delivered between 2020 and 2021.
The two 787-9s are powered by General Electric GEnx engines and configured in a 257-seat layout with the new Polaris and Premium Plus cabins. As air travel returns, these wide-body aircraft are expected to deliver the advantages of lower fuel consumption and efficient economics to open new routes and markets.
The thirteen 737 MAX 8 aircraft, powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1B engines, feature a total of 166 seats in a two-cabin layout. The MAXs are operated on the carrier’s short- and medium-haul missions, delivering a reduced environmental impact and an enhanced passenger experience as United advances its long-term strategy to further entrench domestic operations.