Boeing’s 737 Boeing Sky Interior marked its 200th-delivery milestone on December 19 with the delivery of a new 737-800 to Scandinavian customer Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA.
“The superior passenger experience of this exciting new interior has been well received by our customers and the traveling public,” said Beverly Wyse, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ 737 vice president and general manager. “Airlines, like Norwegian Air Shuttle, tell us that they draw value from the many practical improvements we have made in the new design.”
Since the first 737 Boeing Sky Interior was delivered in October 2010, 65 airlines and leasing companies have ordered the new interior. Norwegian Air Shuttle was one of the launch customers for the interior and the first airline in Europe to introduce the Boeing Sky Interior to its passengers.
The December 19 delivery is the airline’s 18th Boeing 737-800 with the new interior, giving Norwegian the largest operating fleet with the new interior to date.
“We couldn’t be more pleased about being part of this important milestone for the 737,” said Bjorn Kjos, chief executive officer of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA. “With its continuous innovations and best product offerings, the Next-Generation 737 not only benefits Norwegian with its unmatched operating costs, but it also offers more comfort to our customers with the unmatched Boeing Sky Interior and benefits the community at large because of its environmental performance.”
Norwegian Air Shuttle, based in Oslo, is the third-largest low-fare airline in Europe and the second-largest airline in Scandinavia. Norwegian currently operates 48 Boeing 737-800s, along with several 737-300s.
Drawing from years of research, the 737 Boeing Sky Interior features new sculpted sidewalls and window reveals that draw passengers’ eyes to the aircraft’s windows, according to Boeing. LED (light emitting diode) lighting allows the airline to put any color into the cabin.
The new design offers larger, pivoting overhead-stowage bins that add to the openness of the cabin. The bins give more passengers room to store a carry-on roll-aboard near their own seat, adding both extra convenience and extra legroom.
Other features that Boeing says passengers appreciate are an intuitive placement of switches and call buttons. Boeing redesigned reading-light switches so passengers can find them more easily and avoid accidentally pressing the flight-attendant call button.
Approximately 85 per cent of Boeing’s backlog of more than 2,300 737NGs will be delivered with the Boeing Sky Interior. Customers of the Boeing 737 MAX will get the Boeing Sky Interior as standard fit.