Okinawa-based airline to replace 737-400 fleet with Next-Generation 737-800s

28 March 2014

Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Japan Transocean Air have announced the airline´s selection of 12 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes.

The selection, valued at USD1.1bn at list prices, will mark the start of the airline´s fleet renewal program with the new airplanes scheduled to enter into service from 2016. As part of the agreement, JTA will have the flexibility to switch to the 737 MAX family of airplanes.

A member of the Japan Airlines Group, JTA is based in Naha, Okinawa, Japan´s southernmost island chain. Currently, the airline operates a fleet of 737-400 airplanes on domestic routes linking Okinawa with major Japanese cities as well as other islands within Okinawa.

JTA´s new 737-800s will be powered by CFM56-7 engines manufactured by CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric and SNECMA. The airplanes will be fitted with Boeing´s latest Performance Improvement Package (PIP), delivering an additional two percent improvement in fuel efficiency for what is already the most fuel efficient single-aisle airplane. The airplanes will also feature the popular passenger-inspired Boeing Sky Interior, with modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins.

Capable of carrying up to 165 passengers in a two-class configuration, the 737-800 is the best selling versions of the Next-Generation 737 family.

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