Japan Transocean Air (JTA) has ordered 12 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The airline’s selection, which Boeing values at $1.1 billion at list prices, will mark the start of JTA’s fleet renewal program.
Japan Transocean Air’s new aircraft are scheduled to enter into service from 2016. As part of the agreement, JTA will have the flexibility to re-specify aircraft in its order as Boeing 737 MAX jets should it wish.
A member of the Japan Airlines Group, JTA is based in Naha, the capital of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost island chain. Currently, the airline operates a fleet of Boeing 737-400 jets on domestic routes linking Okinawa with major Japanese cities, as well as other islands within Okinawa.
“JTA has been the wings of Okinawa for almost 50 years,” says Manabu Sato, president of Japan Transocean Air and executive officer at Japan Airlines. “The Next-Generation 737-800, with its greater reliability, superior economic and environmental performance, and passenger-pleasing Boeing Sky Interior will allow us to continue to provide the highest levels of service, comfort and convenience to the people of Okinawa.”
Like all other Boeing 737NGs, JTA’s new Boeing 737-800 jets will be powered by CFM56-7B engines manufactured by CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric and SNECMA. The aircraft will be fitted with Boeing’s latest Performance Improvement Package, delivering an additional two percent improvement in fuel efficiency.
JTA’s 737-800s will also feature the Boeing Sky Interior, which offers modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting and larger, pivoting overhead stowage bins.
Capable of carrying up to 165 passengers in a two-class configuration, the 737-800 is the best-selling version of the Boeing 737NG family.
To date, Boeing has won orders for more than 6,700 Boeing 737NG aircraft.