Boeing has delivered its 100th 737-900ER, the milestone aircraft going to Tajikistan’s Somon Air.
To date, the Boeing 737-900ER has logged orders for 414 aircraft from 16 customers. The Next-Generation 737 family (all models) has won orders for more than 6,000 aircraft and Boeing has delivered more than 3,800.
“Airlines around the world are recognizing the superior performance and operating economics of the Next-Generation 737-900ER,” says Beverly Wyse, 737 vice president and general manager. “It offers the best seat-mile cost of any single-aisle airplane, which is especially important with today’s high fuel prices.”
The Boeing 737-900ER is a short-to-medium range twinjet that increases the capability of the Next-Generation 737 family. The higher-capacity, longer-range derivative of the 737-900 was launched in July 2005 with an order for 30 aircraft from Indonesia’s Lion Air and introduced into service in April 2007.
According to Boeing, the 737-900ER replaces in the manufacturer’s commercial-aircraft product line the larger, single-aisle Boeing 757, which ceased production in 2004. Boeing says the 737-900ER is capable of operating more than 90 per cent of the 757 twin-engine’s routes, but does so at a much lower operating cost.
The 737-900ER is the longest 737, typically carrying 180 passengers in a two-class layout. In terms of its passenger emergency-exit limit, the aircraft is certified for up to 220 passengers in a single-class configuration.
Somon Air, based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, is the country’s first private full-service carrier. The 100th 737-900ER is the airline’s second 737-900ER, and was delivered with the Boeing Sky Interior.