Also Earns Six-Plane 777 Freighter Order From GECAS
While the order perhaps doesn't carry the gravitas of rival
Airbus' strong first-day showing at the Paris Air Show, Boeing was
still proud to note a new order for the longest-legged variant of
the American planemaker's erstwhile 737.
Boeing and Jakarta-based Lion Air announced the additional order
of 40 737-900ERs at Le Bourget, bringing Lion Air's total orders
for the aircraft type to 100.
"We are thrilled that Lion Air has chosen the Next-Generation
737 to play a key role in its plans for growth and market
leadership," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO
Scott Carson. "Lion Air's selection of the 737 to support its
strategic expansion and fleet modernization validates the superior
economics and value the 737s offers to airlines. It is the most
efficient single-aisle airplane operating in today's market."
"Today's announcement is a great achievement for Lion Air as we
are the world's largest operator of the 737-900ER," added Lion Air
founder and President Director Rusdi Kirana. "The 737 is the right
plane to support our growing route structure throughout Southeast
Boeing launched the 737-900ER program in July 2005 when Lion Air
announced the initial order for 30 of the newest 737 model. In July
2006, the airline announced an additional order for 30
As of May 31, eight customers have placed orders for 169
Next-Generation 737-900ERs. Boeing notes the 737 is the
best-selling commercial jetliner in history, with more than 7,000
orders to more than 240 customers around the world.
GECAS Orders More 777 Freighters
Boeing also announced Monday an order for six 777 Freighters
from GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS). The announcement
increases the number of 777s GECAS has ordered directly from Boeing
to 39, which includes 14 777 Freighters.
To date, GECAS has taken delivery of 15 777s. The agreement
allows GECAS the right to substitute other 777 passenger models, if
necessary, in the future.
"We are very pleased to have finalized this order for six
additional 777 aircraft," said Henry Hubschman, president and CEO
of GECAS. "The 777 has proven itself to be a strong performer in
the passenger market, and we believe this will also apply in the