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Topic: Boeing Next-Generation 737-900 Receives FAA Approv
Username: United Airline
Posted 2001-04-18 05:37:10 and read 2144 times.

SEATTLE, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The newest and largest member of the Boeing (NYSE: BA) 737 family, the Next-Generation 737-900, today earned type
certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Validation by Europe's Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) is expected by Friday, April 20.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001004/BOEINGLOGO )

The certification formally recognizes that the 737-900 has passed the stringent design and testing requirements mandated by the FAA and JAA,
clearing the airplane for passenger service.

"This is an exciting day for Boeing and in particular the employees on the 737 program," said Jon Robinson, program manager for the 737-900. "This
certification is a validation of the airplane's safety, reliability, performance and readiness to enter passenger service."

The certification clears the way for the first 737-900 to be delivered to launch customer Seattle-based Alaska Airlines in mid-May. Three other airlines, Continental, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Korean Airlines, also have
placed orders for the airplane.

To receive certification, the 737-900 had to complete a flight-test program that began when the airplane made its first flight on Aug. 3, 2000.

Over the course of eight months, the program's two flight-test airplanes completed 296 flights, 156 hours of ground testing and 649 hours of flight
testing.

"We are extremely proud of our newest 737-900 and its most recent milestone," said Carolyn Corvi, vice president and general manager of the
737 program. "As the 737-900 enters service, it marks the culmination of eight years of work and continues to make the 737 the best-selling airplane in
the world."

At 138 feet 2 inches (42.1 meters), the 737-900 is 8 feet 8 inches (2.6 meters) longer than the Next-Generation 737-800. The airplane can carry
up to 177 passengers in a two-class configuration, 15 more than the 737-800, and 189 in a one-class configuration. The extra capacity helps give
the 737-900 the lowest operating costs per seat in its class.

In addition to the 737-900 and 737-800, the Next-Generation 737 family consists of the 737-600 and 737-700. The airplanes are designed to fly
higher, faster, farther and quieter than previous 737 models and the competition. The family of airplanes is the most advanced in its class with a new larger wing, an advanced flight deck featuring the latest large flat panel display technology, greater range and new engines with improvements in noise, fuel burn, thrust and maintenance cost.

The 737 is the best selling commercial jetliner in history. To date, more than 3,900 737s have been delivered to more than 200 customers.

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Many congrads to Boeing! All the best the new B 737-900!

What are the potential customers? As you may know, the B 737-900 is bigger than the A 320. Do you guys think airlines like UAL might go for a few along with the B 757-200/300? It definitely does fit into UAL's fleet.

What do you guys think? Any other potential customers?

 Smile

Topic: RE: Boeing Next-Generation 737-900 Receives FAA Approv
Username: FlagshipAZ
Posted 2001-04-18 05:43:34 and read 2113 times.

I'll bet Delta will get some orders in to Boeing. Their 727s will need replacing in the near future, To me, the -900 would be a perfect fit in their fleet. And maybe American as well. Just a thought. Regards.

Topic: RE: Boeing Next-Generation 737-900 Receives FAA Approv
Username: Boeing747-400
Posted 2001-04-18 05:48:42 and read 2114 times.

I doubt United will. UA will need some 736s to replace their 732s, and UA Shuttle may replace some 735s as well. Expect orders from AA, DL, probably more from CO, and possibly NWA to replace 727s.

Rgds,

B744

Topic: RE: Boeing Next-Generation 737-900 Receives FAA Approv
Username: United Airline
Posted 2001-04-18 06:06:22 and read 2108 times.

The B 737-200s will be around for at least 5 years. They have just gone through heavy maintenance. The B 737-600 is definitely an ideal replacement for UAL's B 737-200s in 5 years time.

Topic: RE: Boeing Next-Generation 737-900 Receives FAA Approv
Username: Jkelley480
Posted 2001-04-18 06:13:56 and read 2105 times.

Wouldn't United be more likely to get 318's than 736's?

Topic: RE: Boeing Next-Generation 737-900 Receives FAA Approv
Username: United Airline
Posted 2001-04-18 06:17:37 and read 2103 times.

Seee if Boeing is willing to offer them a sweet deal along with the B 747-400ER/LR, or B 777-200ERs.

Topic: RE: Boeing Next-Generation 737-900 Receives FAA Approv
Username: RayChuang
Posted 2001-04-18 16:13:56 and read 2088 times.

I think that UA may not order more 737's to replace their 737-200 fleet.

My guess is that UA may ask Airbus to build a version of the A319 with somewhat shorter range but with a strengthened fuselage for high-cycle operations. This will become not only the 737-200 replacement, but eventually the 737-300/500 replacement after 2010.

Topic: RE: Boeing Next-Generation 737-900 Receives FAA Approv
Username: GOT
Posted 2001-04-18 18:31:39 and read 2071 times.

Boeing does from now have a good competitor to A321. That's good for Boeing, not so good for Airbus, but competition is good in the long run.

GOT

Topic: RE: Boeing Next-Generation 737-900 Receives FAA Ap
Username: ILUV767
Posted 2001-04-18 19:26:48 and read 2063 times.

RayChuang wrote:

I think that UA may not order more 737's to replace their 737-200 fleet.

My guess is that UA may ask Airbus to build a version of the A319 with somewhat shorter range but with a strengthened fuselage for high-cycle operations. This will become not only the 737-200 replacement, but eventually the 737-300/500 replacement after 2010.


Ray...while im not going to argue weather or not United will order the 737NG...I want to set some points straight.

First thing, you know what the replacement for the 737-200s is going to be? Ah...more 737s...not airbusses. What you are going to see is more 737-300/500s shifted to some of those routes that are presently served by 737-200s. Also, a lot of those markets, the United Express carriers will take over some of the flights. When there is only 103 seats on a 732, 2 CRJs can handle that market. For the most part, you may see mainline United pull out markets where they can barely fill a 732.

Next, the 737s that United operates other than the 300s/500s will be here until the skin is peeling off. Just like NWA is doing with there DC-9s, United is going to do with there 737s. You are not going to see pre-mature retirement of those birds as 1), they are paid for...well some of them, 2) they are cheap, 3) United has invested so much in them that it would be pointless to retire them in 9 years, and 4) pilot pay scales would not allow it. We would have to pay pilots more to fly the A319 than the 737. If we tried to cut pay on the A319, ALPA will be over Jimmy's ass so fast you woudnt belive it.Oh...and one more thing, some of these 737s are 5 years or young in age...thus making it a new plane, and there is no reason to dump a new plane just becasue we operate a plane of the same class from a different manufactuer.




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