Builds On Earlier Two-Plane Deal
Boeing and Romanian low-cost carrier Blue Air announced this
week an agreement on an order for three Next-Generation 737-900ER
Earlier this year, the Bucharest-based airline ordered two
737-800s. This latest order is worth $238.5 million at current list
prices. The airplanes will be equipped with performance-enhancing
Blended Winglets, which improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2
emissions by up to four percent.
"Blue Air is offering affordable air travel to a fast-developing
region. The 737 Classic has allowed us to grow our airline steadily
and we are confident in the capabilities of the Next-Generation 737
for our airline's future success," said Gheorghe Racaru, general
manager of Blue Air.
Blue Air started operations in December 2004 as the first
Romanian low-cost carrier. From its base at Bucharest's Baneasa
International Airport, Blue Air currently operates an all-Boeing
fleet of five 737 Classics and will introduce two leased 737-800s
later this year, followed by one more early next year.
"We forecast a continued strong growth in the Eastern European
market. Over the next 20 years, airlines in this region will
require around 450 new airplanes," said Marlin Dailey, vice
president of Sales, Europe, Russia & Central Asia, Boeing
Commercial Airplanes. "With the Next-Generation 737, Blue Air will
be able to grow its business with the most reliable product
The 737-900ER is the latest airplane to join the Next-Generation
737 family, which includes the 737-600, -700, -700ER and -800, and
shares the same industry-leading reliability of the other
Next-Generation series models. The 737-900ER has substantial
economic advantages over competing models, including 6 percent
lower operating costs per trip and 4 percent lower operating costs
per seat mile than its competitor -- which is more than 9,550
pounds (4,340 kg) heavier.
Ten customers around the world have ordered 232 Boeing 737-900ER
airplanes. One hundred fourteen customers have ordered more than
4,700 Next-Generation 737s. Boeing has more than 2,200 unfilled
orders for the Next-Generation 737 valued at more than $160 billion
at current list prices.