Cairo-based Midwest Airlines has revealed itself as a previously unannounced customer for one Next-Generation Boeing 737-800.
Midwest Airlines’ order previously was attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s orders and deliveries website.
The order was announced at the AVEX International Airshow in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Midwest Airlines, a charter operator, currently operates two leased 737-800s, with a third scheduled for delivery in early 2011. The directly ordered aircraft will be Midwest Airlines’ fourth 737-800.
“Our decision to further expand our fleet of 737s is based on the airplane’s proven efficiencies,” says Magdeldin Refaat, general manager ofMidwest Airlines. “The 737-800 is ideally suited to our operational requirements allowing us to connect markets in Northern Europe to upper Egypt all year round without payload restrictions. Additionally, the 737 gives us a competitive edge in the charter market with the lowest seat-mile cost compared to similar airplanes.”
Boeing will deliver Midwest Airlines’ Next-Generation 737-800 with the all-new 737 Boeing Sky Interior featuring modern, sculpted sidewalls and window reveals and larger overhead stowage bins that are standard with the new interior.
The Boeing Sky Interior is the latest in a series of improvements to the Next-Generation 737 family. The next to come is a package of performance improvements that will reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 2 percent — making the airplane a full 7 percent more efficient than the first Next-Generation 737s delivered. Performance improvements to the airframe and engine are beginning certification test soon, and will be fully in service by early 2012.
The 737-800 shares the same performance attributes as other Next-Generation 737 family members (737-600, 737-700 and 737-900ER) such as high reliability, low maintenance and operating costs, and advanced-technology flight deck systems. Next-Generation 737s carry between 110 and 220 passengers and offer ranges of 3,050 nautical miles (5,648 km) to 3,365nm (6,230 km).
Since the launch of the 737NG, airlines around the world have ordered over 3,500 of them.
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