We’re excited to announce an order to purchase 150 narrowbody Boeing 737 aircraft. We’ll be the North American launch customer for the Boeing 737 MAX 9, taking delivery of 100 of this newest family of airplanes beginning in 2018.
The 737 MAX 9 will deliver significant improvement in fuel efficiency and will feature the Boeing Sky Interior, which creates a greater sense of space in the cabin and features an energy-efficient LED lighting system with different lighting schemes, a quieter cabin with improved ventilation, and larger overhead bins for accommodating carry-on items.
We also plan to purchase 50 additional Boeing 737-900ER aircraft with deliveries beginning in late 2013. The new 737-900ER will also feature the Boeing Sky Interior, which has been included on our 737-900ERs since 2011. These new 737-900ERs will be used primarily to replace our older, less-efficient domestic Boeing 757-200 aircraft.
This order, in addition to our widebody aircraft already on order, reinforces our future with one of the most fuel efficient and environmentally responsible fleets.