MAS Studying Possibility Of Buying Boeing 737-900ER

>> Thursday, February 17, 2011

From Bernama:

SEATTLE: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is studying the possibility of buying the 737-900ER as it has the right to substitute it with the current order of 737-800, Boeing’s senior sales director for commercial airplanes, Paul Dubeck said.

"They are studying it (and) have the right to substitute," he said when asked if MAS had shown an interest in the 737-900ER.

The 737-900ER is a short-to-medium range twinjet that increases the capability of the Next-Generation 737 family.

The 737-900ER carries 26 more passengers than the 737-900 and up to 215 passengers in a single-class configuration. It also flies about 500 nautical miles further - up to 3,200 nautical miles (5,925 km)- while having lower operating costs compared to the A321.

MAS ordered 35 of the Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes in 2008. The order was valued at more than $2.6 billion at then list prices.

The airline also acquired purchase rights for an additional 20 Next-Generation 737-800s.

The fourth of the 737-800 of the 35 jets ordered is due for delivery in mid-March this year.

The fourth aircraft is installed with blended winglets that will help to reduce fuel usage by about four per cent or US$480,000 a year. It also has increased range, and reduce CO2 emissions and take-off noise.

This new fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s will replace the existing 737-400 fleet.

The new plane also comes fitted with the Boeing Sky Interior.

However, Dubeck was tight-lipped when asked if MAS had exercised its purchasing right for the remaining 20 737-800.

There was a news report recently that Boeing has taken 32 new orders for 737s in the year to date.

It was revealed last Thurday that of this number, Alaska Airlines had ordered 15 airplanes, the US Navy six, one from a non-airline operator and 10 more from an unidentified customer.


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