The manufacturer has delivered Tassili Airlines' first Next-Generation 737, a 737-800, and has also reached a major milestone with long-time customer Air Algérie by...

Boeing has newly marked two milestones involving aircraft deliveries to Algerian carriers.

The manufacturer has delivered Tassili Airlines’ first Next-Generation 737, a 737-800, and has also reached a major milestone with long-time customer Air Algérie by delivering the North African carrier’s 50th Boeing jetliner – again, a 737-800.

The Air Algérie  Boeing 737-800 was the fourth of seven 737NGs the airline ordered in 2009 and the delivery also marked a 40-year partnership between Boeing and Air Algérie.

Algeria's Tassili Airlines received its first Boeing aircraft, a 737-800 from a four-aircraft order, in April 2011. The carrier is a subsidiary of the state-owned oil company Sonatrach and its main role is to fly Sonatrach employees to and from the parent company's oilfields and bases

Tassili Airlines’ 737-800 is the carrier’s first Boeing aircraft and is the first of an order for four aircraft placed by the airline in 2009. Tassili Airlines is a fully owned subsidiary of Sonatrach, the state owned Algerian oil company, and the carrier’s primary mission is to transport employees of Sonatrach to and from its oilfields and bases.

Air Algérie’s current fleet, in contrast, includes 18 737s and three 767-300ERs. The airline received its first Boeing aircraft in March 1971.

“Boeing airplanes have delivered exceptional value in our growth plan,” says Abdelwahid Bouabdellah, president, director general and CEO of Air Algérie. “In addition to the long relationship we enjoy, selecting Boeing airplanes was a sound economic decision since it meant fleet standardization and ability to use experienced pilots and engineers already familiar with the airplanes.”

Air Algérie took delivery of its 50th Boeing aircraft, a 737-800, in early April 2011, 40 years after it had received its first Boeing jet

“Boeing truly values its long relationship with Air Algérie that has spanned 40 years,” remarks Marty Bentrott, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ vice president of sales for Middle East, Russia and Central Asia. “Keeping in mind its customers’ needs and a competitive environment, the airline has focused on modernization – from its fleet to its management tools, aircraft maintenance, training, information systems and in-flight services. We look forward to continuing this partnership and playing a role in Air Algerie’s expansion plans.”

Boeing says the Next-Generation 737 is based on a company philosophy of delivering added value to airlines with reliability, simplicity and reduced operating and maintenance costs. According to Boeing, today’s operators fly 737NGs that are 5 per cent more fuel-efficient than the first Next-Generation 737s delivered in 1998, and another 2 per cent improvement is on the way.

The manufacturer says its 737NG performance improvement package (PIP), now being certified, will boost customers’ fuel efficiency a further 2 per cent through aerodynamic and engine changes.