Boeing has delivered the first Next-Generation 737-900ER with the Boeing Sky Interior to Continental Airlines. The carrier becomes the first US airline to operate the 737-800 and 737-900ER featuring the all-new interior. Boeing also announced that Continental has converted its existing 2012 orders for 737s to 737-900ERs and will now be taking delivery of 19 737-900ERs next year.
“The 737-900ER is the perfect airplane to replace older, less efficient aircraft because it has one of the lowest fuel burns per mile in our narrowbody fleet, and provides a superior passenger experience,” said Ron Baur, Vice President of Fleet at United. “With the new Boeing Sky Interior, our customers will appreciate the modern and spacious design which includes larger overhead bins that retract into the ceiling.”
The 737-900ER can carry 13 more passengers and has approximately the same range as the 737-800 in United Continental’s seating configuration. The additional aircraft will grow the United-Continental fleet to 52 737-900ERs, making it the second largest 737-900ER fleet in the world.
“United Continental Holdings’ investment in the 737-900ER validates the airplane’s compelling efficiency, range and capacity benefits,” said Marlin Dailey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Our initiatives to continuously improve the Next-Generation 737’s performance, reliability and passenger experience are paying dividends for our customers.”
The new Sky Interior features sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, and a new design of overhead storage bins which offers greater capacity and more headroom.