Delta Air Lines received (30-Sep-2013) its first Boeing 737-900ER as part of a 100-aircraft order placed in 2011. The aircraft is fitted with 180 seats and Boeing's 'Sky Interior'. Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior VP of global sales John Wojick said: "We have been looking forward to celebrating this delivery with Delta and are proud to see the Next-Generation 737-900ER join its fleet. The 737-900ER is a great fit for Delta’s fleet. It provides best-in-class efficiency, economics, reliability and passenger comfort that Delta needs for its fleet renewal initiative." B/E Aerospace chairman and CEO Amin J Khoury said: "We are...particularly pleased that this airplane configuration includes B/E Aerospace seating, lighting, passenger and crew oxygen, and food and beverage preparation and storage equipment as well as B/E’s advanced lavatory system which incorporates B/E’s toilet, lavatory oxygen, and lavatory lighting." [more - original PR - Boeing] [more - original PR - B/E Aerospace]
Delta Air Lines takes delivery of first 737-900ER
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