Boeing delivered the 300th 737 Boeing Sky Interior on April 12, the milestone interior featuring in a new 737-800 for Garuda Indonesia.
Since the first 737 Boeing Sky Interior was delivered in October 2010, 65 airlines and leasing companies have ordered the new interior, according to Boeing.
Garuda Indonesia, based in Jakarta, is the national carrier of Indonesia. It operates 75 Boeing 737s and three 747-400s, as well as a sizable number of Airbus jetliners and regional jets. The April 12, 2012 delivery was Garuda’s fourth Boeing 737-800 with the new interior.
Drawing from years of research used to design the interior for the 787 Dreamliner, the 737 Boeing Sky Interior features new modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals that draw passengers’ eyes to the aircraft’s windows.
This gives passengers a greater connection to the flying experience, according to Boeing, which also says the interior’s LED (light emitting diode) lighting enhances the sense of spaciousness and also allows the airline to change the color in the cabin during the flight.
The new design offers larger, pivoting, overhead stowage bins which add to the openness of the cabin, according to Boeing. The bins give more passengers room to store carry-on roll-aboard cases near their own seats, adding both extra convenience and extra leg room.
Other features that Boeing says passengers appreciate are an intuitive placement of switches and call buttons.
For the new interior, Boeing redesigned the reading-light switches so passengers could find them more easily and avoid accidentally pressing flight-attendant call buttons.
Approximately 85 per cent of Boeing’s backlog of more than 2,600 Next-Generation 737s will be delivered with the Boeing Sky Interior, according to the manufacturer. Customers of the Boeing 737 MAX will receive the Boeing Sky Interior as standard fit.