SEATTLE, 25 Aug. 2011. Major U.S. air carrier Delta Air Lines in Atlanta ordered 100 Boeing next-generation 737-900ER (extended range) passenger jetliners today worth more than $8.5 billion at list prices, Boeing announced. Delta will use the 737-900ER narrow-body aircraft on domestic routes to replace less-efficient aircraft in the Delta fleet."The 737-900ER will provide us a reliable airplane with the lowest fuel burn in our domestic fleet," says Delta President Ed Bastian. The 737-900ER is the newest member of the next-generation 737 passenger jet family, and is perhaps Boeing's chief competitor to the rival Airbus A320neo fuel-efficient single-aisle narrow-body jetliner.The 737-900ER from the Boeing Co. Commercial Airplanes segment in Seattle also is the highest capacity, longest-range airplane in Boeing's single-aisle fleet. New aerodynamic and structural design changes enable the airplane to carry as many as 180 passengers in a two-class layout. The jet's wing design helps increase fuel capacity.
All of Delta's new 737-900ER airplanes will have the Boeing Sky Interior with new lighting, curving architecture, and a more open cabin feel using LED lighting.