Boeing has delivered Tajikistan-based Somon Air’s first 737-900ER, the carrier becoming in the process the first Central Asian carrier to operate an aircraft featuring the new Boeing Sky Interior.
The Boeing 737-900ER delivery also represents Somon Air’s first direct purchase of a 737.
“This new interior will set Somon Air apart from other regional operators by bringing a new, unmatched flying experience to our valued customers,” says Jamshed Rahmonberdiev, chief executive officer of Somon Capital, which owns Somon Air. “Reliability and fuel efficiency are key considerations and the 737-900ER will contribute to our financial performance as well as help us maintain our high standards of safety in accordance with international air transportation standards.”
“We congratulate Somon Air on becoming the first carrier in Central Asia to offer the enhanced 737 cabin experience to its passengers,” saysMarty Bentrott, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ vice president of sales for Middle East, Russia and Central Asia. “We look forward to playing a role in Somon’s future as it continues to expand its network.”
The Boeing 737-900ER is the newest member of the Next-Generation 737 family and is also the highest capacity, longest-range aircraft in Boeing’s single-aisle fleet. The 737 Boeing Sky Interior improves the passenger experience by providing new overhead bins, LED lighting, new designs for window reveals and sculpted sidewalls.
As part of Boeing’s Humanitarian Delivery Flights program, Boeing partnered with Somon Air, the U.S. Department of State’s Humanitarian Program and Project HOPE to transport medical supplies to Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe.
The relief shipment of 2,852 pounds of medical supplies will improve the quality of medical care for the less-privileged in Tajikistan and help alleviate the shortage of medicines needed for oncology, psychiatric health and in the treatment of infectious diseases, according to Boeing.
“Boeing, through its Global Corporate Citizenship (GCC) organization, supports humanitarian efforts around the world in partnership with nongovernmental agencies and non-profits like Project HOPE,” says Liz Warman, director of GCC for the Northwest Region. “Our Humanitarian Delivery Flights program is another way we can continue leveraging our resources to help those in need.”