AIR EUROPE ORDERS PLANES FROM BOEING

AIR EUROPE ORDERS PLANES FROM BOEING

The Boeing Co. has won an order for 22 B757-200 aircraft from the British airline, Air Europe - its largest order for the plane from outside the United States.

It was also announced that Air Europe, a mainly charter airline that is fast moving intoscheduled operations, has ordered eight B737-400s. Delivery of all the aircraft will start in 1989.The value of the planes, including spares and Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4 engines for the B757s, is put at around $1.4 billion. Engines for the B737 are the CFM56-3C supplied by the Franco-U.S. partnership between Snecma and General Electric.

Financing has yet to be arranged, although Harry Goodman, chairman of the airline's parent company, the International Leisure Group, said Monday he was confident there would be no problems.

While some of the aircraft will be purchased outright, others will be leased or acquired through lease-purchasing arrangements.

The order is in addition to five B757s being delivered this year and five B737s in 1989 under leasing arrangements agreed last December.

With the recent acquisition of British Caledonian Airways by British Airways, Air Europe now hopes to become the biggest challenger to the enlarged carrier.

It operates scheduled services to Paris, Brussels and Munich, and is expecting to launch services soon to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Geneva and Zurich. Licenses have also been applied for to Hamburg, Rome, Milan, Stockholm and

Oslo.