MIAMI — Private Chinese airline Okay Airways announced an order for 10 new Boeing 737 aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow today, including six Boeing 737 Max 8s and four 737-800s in an order valued at $980 million at list prices. Okay Airways will also convert 5 existing 737-800s

Liu Weining, CEO and President of Okay Airways and Ray Conner, President and CEO Boeing Commercial Airplanes appeared together at Boeing’s chalet to announce the order.

“Our company was the first private airline in China, and when we launched in 2005, we started with a Boeing 737-800,” said Mr. Weining, “Today we are completing the circle with an order for 10 737-900ER of which 6 are the new 737-8 MAX”

Mr. Conner highlighted the partnership shared by the two companies, “This coming year we’ll celebrate 10 years together in partnership between Okay Airways and Boeing,” with senior VP of global sales and market John Wojick adding that “The combination of Next Generation 737-800s and 737 MAX 8 airplanes is a perfect fit for Okay Airways.”

Okay Airways operates a fleet of 24 aircraft, including 12 737-800 aircraft and is headquartered in Beijing, with its largest hub at Tianjin. It’s outstanding orderbook for the 737 now consists of 14 aircraft.