Boeing Delivers First 737 Sky
Interior To Continental Airlines
December 30, 2010 - Another new Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 with the new Boeing Sky Interior took to the skies over Seattle on Wednesday, as Continental Airlines.
wholly owned subsidiary of United Continental Holdings,
Inc., became the first U.S.-based carrier to fly with
the new interior. Continental's jet features the new
United Airlines livery.
Wednesday's flight marks completion of 13 deliveries to
the first five launch customers for the innovative 737
Boeing Sky Interior. The airplane also marks a new
record for 737 yearly deliveries of 376. The previous
record was 372 deliveries in 2009.
proud to be the first carrier in
Boeing Sky Interior is part of Boeing's strategy to continuously
improve the 737 for both airlines and passengers by making it
more efficient and economical to operate and maintain and more
comfortable for passengers. Today's Next-Generation 737
operators fly 737s that are 5 percent more fuel-efficient than
the first Next-Generation 737s delivered in 1998, and another 2
percent improvement is on the way.
mid-November, another 737-800, also in the new United Airlines
livery, successfully completed an early flight test to begin
certification of the aerodynamic and engine changes that will
result in the 2 percent improvement. Testing and certification
will continue through April 2011. Boeing is phasing into
production the performance improvement package, beginning in
mid-2011 through early 2012.
percent of the savings comes from reducing resistance as air
flows around the airplane. The upper and lower anti-collision
lights change from round to a more aerodynamic, elongated
teardrop shape. Wheel-well fairings are re-contoured to smooth
the air flow near the main landing gear. A redesign of the
environmental control system, exhaust vent and streamlined wing
slat and spoiler trailing edges round out the aerodynamic
CFM is introducing
the new CFM56-7BE engine enhancement program to coincide with Boeing's
airframe changes. Low- and high-pressure turbine modifications will
result in a 1 percent reduction in fuel consumption. In addition, Boeing
is optimizing the engine's primary nozzle and plug. Together, the
changes result in cooler-running engines that may provide up to 4
percent lower maintenance costs.
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