Long-Legged, 48-Seat Airliner Will Open New China Route
The first Boeing Next-Generation 737-700ER (Extended Range)
airplane took off from Boeing's Seattle Delivery Center Friday,
bound for Japan and service with ANA (All Nippon Airways). ANA
launched the 737-700ER program in January 2006, when it exercised
rights to substitute 737-700s with two 737-700ERs.
ANA plans to begin using the airplane March 25 when it launches
ANA BusinessJet, to serve international business travelers with 24
business class and 24 premium economy class seats, both in
four-across configuration. With the airplane, ANA will open its
fifth international route from Nagoya's Centrair Airport to
Guangzhou, China, providing service on a daily basis. This will
bring the number of China routes plied by ANA to a total of 20,
with 147 flights per week.
"This new 737 configuration shows the versatility of the
Next-Generation family, and the 737-700ER is attracting significant
customer interest," said Scott Carson, president and CEO, Boeing
Commercial Airplanes. "It is particularly special that this
introduction is with ANA, one of the world's foremost aviation
innovators and a customer we value greatly."
"We are introducing the 737-700 as part of our commitment to
flying the most efficient, customer pleasing and environmentally
friendly fleet of next-generation aircraft," said ANA President and
CEO Mineo Yamamoto. "With the new 737-700ER we can offer a product
tailored for the business community and, at the same time, secure
the cost benefits derived from streamlining our narrow-body fleet
into one family of aircraft."
Designed for long-range commercial
flights, the 737-700ER shares several commonalities with the Boeing
Business Jet, including offering up to nine auxiliary fuel tanks.
The high-performance derivative can fly up to 2,145 nautical miles
further than the current 737-700, and offers seating configurations
ranging from a 48-person all-business-class cabin, to a more
traditional 126-seat count to suit the airline's needs.
Sporting Blended Winglets, the Next-Generation 737-700ER is
capable of flying up to 5,510 nautical miles.