At Farnborough Airshow, Boeing announced today an order by United Airlines for 150 737 airplanes, including 100 of the new 737 MAX 9. United, the world’s largest airline by traffic, is the latest carrier to choose the newest member of the 737 family, which today eclipsed 10,000 orders overall.
The deal also includes 50 Next Generation 737-900ERs (Extended-Range).
United is the North American launch customer for the Boeing 737 MAX 9. The 737 MAX now has more than 1,200 orders and commitments from 18 customers. Counting all variants, the 737 program now stands at 10,039 orders, further cementing the 737 as the undisputed best-selling jetliner in the world.
Equipped with new LEAP-1B engines from CFM International and improvements such as the Advanced Technology Winglet, the MAX reduces fuel burn and CO2 emissions by 13 percent.
“To witness the first commercial airplane to surpass 10,000 orders is monumental,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager of the 737 program. “The 737 has continuously evolved and provides improved performance, reliability and exceptional value for our customers.”
The Boeing 737-900ER and 737 MAX 9 ordered by United can seat up to 180 passengers and feature the Boeing Sky Interior.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,605 flights a day to 375 airports on six continents. In 2011, United flew more than two million flights that carried 142 million passengers, more than any other airline.
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