Continental’s December 29 delivery flight marks completion of 13 deliveries of new 737s to the first five launch customers for the new 737 Boeing Sky Interior. The aircraft also marks a new record for 737 yearly deliveries.

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The aircraft is the first of two 737-800s which Air Austral ordered to replace one 737-300 and one 737-500 in its fleet.

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Continental Airlines is launching daily nonstop service to Hilo, Hawai’i, from Los Angeles International Airport and once-weekly service to Hilo from San Francisco International Airport on June 9, 2011.

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Southwest’s plan is to take delivery of the 20 Boeing 737-800s in full Extended-range, Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards configuration. This would enable Southwest Airlines to operate the 737-800s on routes between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii.

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TUIfly, which offers scheduled flights and charter services from cities in Germany to destinations in Europe and Northern Africa, has scheduled the aircraft’s first passenger flight on December 15 from Hannover to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.

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The airline will operate daily round-trip service on the route, with its flight originating at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and stopping in Lansing before continuing to Washington, D.C.

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The Oslo-based airline has scheduled this aircraft’s inaugural commercial flight almost immediately following its delivery in mid-December.

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Sun Country Airlines will operate twice-weekly summer seasonal service between Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and London Gatwick Airport from May 27, with Boeing 737-800s routing via a fuel stop in Gander.

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Southwest Airlines expects to begin taking deliveries of new Boeing 737-800s in the first quarter of 2012 as a result of its pilots voting to approve a tentative agreement reached by their union negotiators with the airline in October 2010 over adding the 737-800 to Southwest’s fleet.

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Copa’s latest Boeing 737-800 order previously was attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s orders and deliveries website.

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GOL will offer three daily round-trips to Aeroparque Jorge Newbery from São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, one of them originating and terminating at Tancredo Neves International Airport, which serves the city of Confins in Minas Gerais state.

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Jetairfly, part of TUI Travel PLC, the largest tourism group in London, is the first European-based airline to operate a 737 with the new passenger-inspired interior.

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Southwest Airlines’ flight attendants have ratified a tentative agreement reached between their union’s executive board and Southwest in September to add the Boeing 737-800 to their current collective-bargaining agreement.

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Five of the newly contracted 737-800s are due for delivery in 2011 and five during 2012. Copa Airlines now has firm orders and delivery commitments for 33 aircraft, all of them 737-800s.

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The contract specified in the letter of intent covers a firm order for 10 737-800s and purchase rights on five more. It represents the leasing company’s first Boeing order.

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Cairo-based Midwest Airlines has revealed itself as a previously unannounced customer for one Next-Generation Boeing 737-800.

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The national carrier of Malaysia is the first full-service airline to operate the 737-800 with the new Boeing Sky Interior and takes delivery of its first outfitted aircraft just 10 days after low-cost airline flydubai received the first 737NG with a Boeing Sky Interior installed.

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Indian budget carrier SpiceJet has announced an order for 30 Next-Generation 737-800s with winglets, confirming its new order in the presence of U.S. President Obama late last week.

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The State Corporation’s Supervisory Board approved the definitive agreement it signed and announced on September 17 during the Sochi Investment Forum in Russia. Rostechnology’s order includes 15 Boeing 737-700s, 25 737-800s and 10 737-900ERs.

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