Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Boeing rolls out first 737-900ER to enthusiastic reviews

Seattle: Indonesian dancers flanked the first 737-900ER outside the final assembly plant in Renton this morning, as Boeing showed off its continued investment in the 737 single-aisle jet. The first of these latest and largest 737 derivatives is destined for low cost carrier Lion Air of Indonesia, which has ordered 60 of them. As a new derivative, the airplane must undergo certification and flight tests. First flight will be in September with delivery to Lion Air in the first half of 2007. Thereafter, Lion Air plans to take one a month for five years.
Continental Airlines has ordered 12 of the new jets and Sky Airlines of Turkey another three. And GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS), the giant aircraft lessor, has ordered the jet for lease to two tourist charter airlines: Futura of Spain and Excel Airways of the U.K. An order from SpiceJet of India is likely to be finalized soon.
08/08/06 Seattle Times, US