Air China gets Next Generation Boeing 737 with enhanced interiors

Boeing and Air China today celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Next-Generation 737-800 with the innovative Boeing Sky Interior. With this new addition in its fleet, Air China has become the first Chinese airline to operate the 737-800 with the new Boeing Sky Interior, offering passengers an enhanced onboard experience with larger stowage bins and sculpted sidewalls, a LED lighting system with cove lighting and curved architecture and more intuitive passenger service units.

Boeing Sky Interior is the latest in a series of improvements to the Next-Generation 737. The next to come will be a package of performance improvements that will reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 2 percent – making the airplane a full 7 percent more efficient than the first Next-Generation 737s delivered. The performance improvements to the airframe and engine are in certification test, and will be phased into production between mid-2011 and early 2012.    

To date, 60 customers have ordered the new interior for 1,689 airplanes.

Air China is the world’s tenth largest airline by fleet size and it carried 46.24 million domestic and international passengers in 2010 and it is currently the world’s largest airline in terms of market value.

(Photos courtesy of Boeing Corporation)

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