The announcement follows a Continental decision last August to become the first airline in the Americas and the first two-class carrier to order Boeing's newest and largest-capacity member of the 737 family, the -900ER. With this conversion, Continental now has orders for 24 737-900ER jetliners.
According to Boeing, the 737-900ER offers lower operating costs per trip and lower operating costs per seat than the A321, which is more than 10,000 pounds (4,536 kg) heavier.
The 737-900ER's enhanced performance is attributed to a series of aerodynamic and structural design changes that include: strengthened wings, a two-position tailskid and enhancements to the leading and trailing-edge flap systems, which provide the 737-900ER higher takeoff weight capability and increased range than the base model.
Boeing also announced this week that Nakash Group of
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The order is valued at $366m at list prices. Deliveries are in 2012. Nakash Group also secured options for two 787-9s.
Arkia will use the 787s to serve destinations in North America and the
. The carrier is evaluating the two engine options for the 787, which are the General Electric GEnx and the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000.