Boeing And Southwest Airlines announced this week that the carrier is strengthening its commitment to the 737 MAX family, with an order for 108 737-7.
The new agreement supports Southwest’s modernization strategy and provides flexibility to expand its fleet. “We have a long history with Boeing, dating back more than 50 years, to the day we started with three Boeing 737s serving three cities”said Bob Jordan, president and CEO of Southwest Airlines. “They are part of our history and our future as we continue to recognize the many efficiencies and cost savings of a single fleet. »
Southwest’s long-used 737 family has helped fuel the airline’s continued growth. Southwest spent more than 300 orders for 737-7, bringing its order book to more than 500 737 MAX jets. Once certifiedthe 737-7 will join the carrier’s all-Boeing 737 fleet. “With the world’s largest all-Boeing and 737 fleet, Southwest relies on the exceptional efficiency and reliability of the 737 MAX family”said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737-7 is critical to Southwest’s long-term fleet modernization strategy, and we are honored to have the airline’s continued confidence in delivering its future fleet.” »
The 737-7 has the longest range in its category, capable of traveling up to 3,800 miles sailors and transport up to 172 passengers. The improved environmental performance of the 737 MAX allows carriers to reduce fuel consumption compared to the previous generation of aircraft. The 737 MAX is also quieter, creating a smaller noise footprint than the older jets it replaces.