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Default Boeing launches new 737

Monday, July 18, 2005

Boeing launches new 737

By MALINI GOYAL
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER

Boeing today announced the launch of a new higher-capacity, longer-range 737. Named 737-900ER, the new aircraft will carry 26 additional passengers, adding to its appeal for low-cost airlines, which have helped make the 737 line Boeing's best seller.

Lion Air, Indonesia's first low cost airlines, ordered 60 of the new jets worth $3.9 billion at list price. The company's firm order is for 30 planes, but the deal includes purchase rights for 30 additional jets. Delivery of the first of the new series is scheduled for the first half of 2007, the company said.

In an interview, Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, sales and president of Boeing Aircraft Trading, said the company is also negotiating a deal for 737-900ER with Spice Jet, a low cost airline in India. That deal could add another 10 orders for the new model, five firm and five optional.

The 737-900ER is the same size as today's 737-900, but, with the addition of a pair of exit doors and a flat rear-pressure bulkhead, can carry up to 26 more passengers, raising the maximum capacity from 189 to 215 in a single-class layout.

"The Next-Generation 737 is the most efficient single-aisle airplane family today, and we are thrilled to have Lion Air as the launch customer to increase the 737 family's capability with the additional range and seating of the 737-900ER," Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a statement.

Powered by the CFM International CFM56-7B turbofan engines, the new derivative jet is expected to have economic advantages over competing models. Boeing expects 9 percent lower operating costs per trip and 7 percent lower operating costs per seat than the A321, which is more than 10,000 pounds heavier than the 737-900ER.
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