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.

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Continental Airlines will begin nonstop flights between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands on February 18, 2011, subject to government approval.

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The Saturday-only service will begin on February 12, 2011 and will run through April 2. The flight will return to American Airlines’ schedule for the winter season in November 2011.

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Southwest Airlines says its decision to add the Boeing 737-800 into its fleet has taken another step forward with the board of directors for the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association unanimously approving a tentative agreement reached with the company on a new pilot contract that would allow the airline to operate the larger 737 version.

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The airline ordered its first 737-800 in June and already operates three Boeing 737-700s. The aircraft appears set for delivery in 2012 or later.

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Alaska Airlines will inaugurate service between San José in California and Guadalajara in Mexico on December 15, and between Sacramento and Guadalajara on December 16.

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Southwest Airlines says its potential decision to add Boeing 737-800s to its fleet has moved a step closer, with approval from the board of its flight attendants’ union to allow Southwest’s flight attendants to vote on the move.

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Mike Van de Ven, executive vice president & chief operating officer of Southwest Airlines, sent a message to the carrier’s employees saying that Southwest has been evaluating the opportunity to introduce the Boeing 737-800 into its fleet.

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Alaska Airlines has exercised options for two additional Next-Generation 737-800s, in an order that was posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website in June and attributed to an unidentified customer.

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On July 21, 2010, RBS Aviation Capital disclosed previously unannounced orders for 43 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s. The RBS orders were posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website in 2008 and 2009 and attributed to an unidentified customer.

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Okay Airways, the first privately owned airline in China, has revealed itself as the customer for 10 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800s previously recorded on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website as being for an unidentified customer.

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American Airlines, Inc. has exercised options for an additional 35 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800s. The order is part of American Airlines’ ongoing fleet renewal plan, replacing MD-80s with fuel-efficient Next-Generation 737s.

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Valued by Boeing at approximately $921 million at average list prices, the Avolon order was posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website in December 2009 and attributed to an unidentified customer.

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The first day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2010 on July 19, 2010 has seen Boeing announce orders for 55 Next-Generation 737-800s from two customers, GECAS and Norwegian Air Shuttle.

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Alaska Airlines says it is now offering Aircell’s Gogo Inflight Internet service on more than half its aircraft, including all 55 of its Boeing 737-800s and 10 of its 737-900s.

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Flydubai, Dubai’s first low-cost airline, is launching service to Erbil in Iraq, the airline’s 22nd destination from Dubai.

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Air China, the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China, has finalized an order for an additional 20 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 jetliners.

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American Airlines has re-introduced to service the second of its original 76 Boeing 737-800s that it has upgraded to feature a new cabin interior, an improved in-flight entertainment system and additional storage for passengers’ carry-on bags. The airline is upgrading the interiors of all 76 to match the customer amenities on the 84 new 737-800s that American ordered in 2008.

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