Boeing has announced an order worth in excess of $3 billion at list prices for 40 737-900ERs from Indonesian carrier Lion Air.

The order will bring Lion Air’s total 737-900ER orders to 100 aircraft, all powered by CFM’s CFM56-7B engine. It is the launch customer for the -900ER and is set to be the largest operator of the type. It received its first delivery in April this year.

Rusdi Kirana, president director Lion Air says “We ordered 30 in 2005, another 30 in 2006, and I think we may well have to order some more next year. We expect to retire our other aircraft and have an all-Boeing fleet within two years.”


 “Indonesia is an important market and region for Boeing and Lion Air’s selection of the 737 to support its strategic expansion and fleet modernisation validates the superior economics and value the 737 offers airlines,” says Scott Carson, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO.

Boeing has orders for 209 737-900ERs. The aircraft incorporates new exit doors and a flat, rear pressure bulkhead that allows a maximum capacity of 220 passengers in a single-class layout.

It also includes strengthened wings, a two-position tailskid, enhancements to the leading and trailing-edge flap systems, optional blended winglets and two auxiliary fuel tanks that help accommodate higher takeoff weights and increase its range to 3,200nm (5,900km).

Source: Flight Daily News