Tue, Aug 14, 2007
Lion Air Will Receive Historic Plane
Standing beside a new 737 fuselage prior to assembly at Boeing's
737 factory, several hundred Boeing employees recently commemorated
the history-making 7,000th Boeing 737 order by forming a giant
"7,000" spanning an area about the length of two airplanes.
Jakarta-based Lion Air placed the historic order when it
announced an order for 40 additional 737-900ER (Extended Range)
airplanes at the Paris Air Show in June. As ANN reported, the
addition brought the airline's total announced orders for the
737-900ER to 100.
"The 737 is the most technologically advanced single-aisle
airplane that offers the best technical reliability and lowest
operating unit cost in its class," said Paul Dubeck, Boeing
Commercial Airplanes senior director, Sales. "Airline operators
around the world have been maximizing the unprecedented economic
advantages of the 737 for many years, and we are thrilled to have
Lion Air mark this historic occasion with Boeing."
Lion Air operates an all-Boeing fleet and is the largest
low-cost airline in Asia, with traffic approaching one million
passengers per month since the airline began operations in June
2000. The airline was the launch customer for the 737-900ER
airplane, Boeing's newest 737 derivative.
Boeing says the 737 is the most successful commercial airplane
family in history. Boeing has more than 1,600 unfilled orders for
the Next-Generation 737 worth more than $100 billion at current
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