Boeing has announced orders from two Algerian airlines, Tassili Airlines and Air Algérie, for Next-Generation Boeing 737s.
The manufacturer revealed the orders at the Dubai Airshow 2009 on November 17.
Tassili Airlines placed its first order for Boeing aircraft with a signed deal for four Next-Generation 737-800s. Meanwhile, Air Algérie has announced an order for seven 737-800s, to increase its fleet of 737NGs to 22 aircraft.
Tassili Airlines, a 100-per-cent-owned subsidiary of Algerian government-owned Sonatrach Petroleum Corporation, will use its 737-800s to transport employees and cargo between large Algerian cities and Sonatrach work sites. Tassili, which was founded in 1997, plans to put its 737s into commercial passenger service on domestic and regional routes in the near future.
“Tassili’s selection of the Boeing Next-Generation 737 is a testament to the airplane’s versatility, range and other performance factors,” says Marty Bentrott, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Sales for the Middle East, Central and South Asia. “We offered a comprehensive package to support its unique employee-transport needs, including spares, support equipment, ground-handling equipment, tooling and training.”
Air Algérie’s new 737s will help the airline leverage the efficiencies of a standard single-aisle fleet that delivers high fuel efficiency and related environmental improvements, says Air Algérie CEO Abdelwahid Bouabdallah. Air Algérie is based in Algeria’s capital, Algiers.
“Our purchase of Boeing 737-800s is a natural progression for Air Algérie,” said Bouabdallah. “One advantage is that our pilots and engineers are expertly trained and experienced with the airplane. The 737-800 adds great value to our fleet because it is very high-tech and reliable. Reduced operating and maintenance costs mean our airplanes spend less time on the ground and more time in the air making money.”
Air Algérie ordered its new 737s with Blended Winglets, which further reduce fuel burn by approximately 4 per cent.
A Boeing customer for nearly 40 years, Air Algérie operates a Boeing fleet that includes 10 737-800s, five 737-600s and three 767-300ERs. The airline also operates five Boeing 737-200s as freighters.
Nearly 120 customers around the world have ordered more than 5,000 Next-Generation 737s and Boeing currently has more than 2,100 unfilled orders for 737NGs, which it values at more than $158 billion at current list prices.
The manufacturer says recent performance enhancements to 37NG airframes and engines will reduce family models’ fuel consumption by 2 per cent by 2011.