Sun, Jun 12, 2005
Boeing and Shenzhen
Airlines Friday celebrated delivery of the airline's first Boeing
737-900 airplane. The airplane is the first of five 737-900s that
Shenzhen Airlines will receive through 2005 for domestic and
"Shenzhen Airlines exhibits a visionary perspective of the
market with this important delivery," said Rob Laird, vice
president, China Sales - Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The
capabilities, efficiency, economics and passenger comfort of the
737-900 clearly keep Shenzhen Airlines at the forefront of the
Shenzhen Airlines is the first Chinese carrier to order the
737-900 and this is carrier's first direct delivery from Boeing.
The Shenzhen 737-900 carries 189 passengers up to 2,745 nautical
miles (5,083 kilometers), and is capable of serving such routes as
Shenzhen -- Beijing and Urumqi -- Shenzhen.
Like the other Next-Generation 737 airplanes, it incorporates a
new, advanced-technology wing design that helps increase fuel
capacity and efficiency, both of which increase range. Boeing has
received orders for 55 737-900s from six customers.
Alaska Airlines received the first 737-900 in 2001. Overall, the
737 is the best-selling commercial jet airplane with more than
4,500 airplanes of all 737 models currently in service.
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