Dubai-based low-cost airline flydubai has taken delivery of a Boeing 737-800 which is the first Next-Generation 737 to feature the manufacturer’s new Boeing Sky Interior.
“The superior passenger experience of this exciting new interior is the result of many years’ work by Boeing employees and suppliers,” says Beverly Wyse, 737 vice president and general manager. “Our airline customers will draw value from the many practical improvements we have made in the new design.”
Since the Next-Generation 737 family was introduced in 1997, Boeing has operated a continuous-improvement program for the family and the Boeing 737 Sky Interior is the latest in a series of improvements. Boeing says the next to come will be a package of performance improvements that will reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 2 per cent – making 737NG models a full 7 per cent more efficient than the first Next-Generation 737 delivered.
The performance improvements to the airframe and engine are beginning certification test soon, and will be fully in service by early 2012, according to Boeing.
On 737s featuring the new Boeing Sky Interior, passengers will enter into a cabin featuring modern, sculpted sidewalls and window reveals. The design of the new, larger overhead-stowage bins allows them to accommodate more bags than before, while taking up less space in the cabin.
Boeing says the assist mechanism of the new bins gives easy access, and as the bins pivot up and out of the way, there is much more headroom around the aisle seats and a greater sense of space in the cabin.
Airlines will select from different lighting schemes that range from a welcoming, soft blue overhead sky simulation to a relaxing pallet of sunset colors.
LEDs (light emitting diodes) are brighter and replace incandescent signage, attendant lights and halogen reading lights. With an estimated 40,000 hours between replacements, LEDs last 10 times longer than the previous standard of lights.
Other features that Boeing expects passengers to appreciate are a quieter cabin, intuitive placement of switches and call buttons, and improved sound quality and clarity through new speakers in each passenger row.
“We are very proud to be the first to offer our passengers an enhanced onboard experience with the brand new Boeing Sky Interior,” says Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai. “We have achieved much in our first 16 months of service and will continue to bring our passengers the best product offerings on one of the newest 737 fleets in service.”
The first Boeing Sky Interior-fitted 737-800 enters service with flydubai in November.
A total of 46 airlines and leasing companies have ordered the 737 Boeing Sky Interior for more than 1,200 of their aircraft. Flydubai is the first of five airlines that will receive Next-Generation 737s with the new interior this year.