MIAMI— British Leisure carrier Jet2.com has executed an order with Boeing for the purchase of 27 737-800, valued at approximately $2.6 billion at list prices.

“Today’s order for 27 additional 737-800NGs will be delivered over the next two years and will provide Jet2.com with the necessary cost effective, reliable and comfortable environment to allow us to build upon our already highly successful family friendly business” said Philip Meeson, Executive Chairman of Jet2.com. This is the first direct order placed by the airline, which owns an all-Boeing fleet comprised by 46 737s and 12 757s.

These new aircraft will be employed as a replacement of the current 737 classic in operation, hence allowing a standardization to a single 737 type.”We are extremely pleased to have finalized this order for more of what has already proven to be a popular aircraft within our fleet” Meeson commented. The airline will also take advantage of this order to expand its network, which currently reaches 55 cities across 364 holiday resorts from 7 departure bases.

As of this date, Boeing has 1,368 unfilled orders for the 737NG series. The Jet2.com order placed today will help to close the production gap between the current series and the forthcoming 737 MAX family aircraft. A recent analysis from Leeham News and Comment reports a gap between 100 and 200 aircraft yet to be filled by new orders.