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Delta Gets First of 100 Next-Gen 737s

Airlines & Airports Delta Air Lines Thea Klapwald October 02, 2013

Delta Gets First of 100 Next-Gen 737s

As it reported a 5.5 percent gain in passenger revenues for September, Delta Air Lines took delivery of the first of 100 Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) planes.

The new Boeing 737 plane features an upgraded interior design, with subdued, changeable lighting to mirror circadian rhythms, ergonomically curved ceilings and more overhead bin space that will be a boon to passengers as well as on-time departures. “The ability to fit as many bags as possible is a boost for operational efficiency,” said Delta spokesman Anthony Black.

The aircraft also improves fuel efficiency. “The longer range of the 737-900ER can connect distant city pairs across continents in a generous two-class configuration,” said Tim Bader,?North America/Leasing Communications for?Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “It has substantial economic advantages over competing models, including 6 percent lower operating costs per trip and 4 percent lower operating costs per seat mile.”