Boeing, Japan Transocean Air Finalize Agreement for Next-Generation 737s

737-800s to be used for airline's fleet renewal program
Flexibility to transition to 737 MAX

Japan Transocean Air (JTA) on Friday chose to continue operating an all-Boeing fleet of 737s when it finalized an order for 12 737-800s. The airplanes are part of a strategy by the Okinawa-based airline, a Japan Airlines group company, to renew its fleet from 2016.

John Wojick, senior vice president of Global Sales & Marketing, Commercial Airplanes, traveled to Naha, Okinawa's capital, to conclude the sale.

"We are honored that JTA has chosen to maintain an all-Boeing fleet of Next-Generation 737s," said Wojick. "The Next-Generation 737 will provide JTA with market-leading efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort, allowing JTA to continue to grow and prosper. And with this order, JTA and Boeing will build on a vital partnership for many years to come."

First announced on March 27 as a commitment, the order is valued at $1.1 billion at list prices. As part of the agreement, JTA will have the flexibility to switch to the 737 MAX family of airplanes.

"This order is a key part of our strategy to bring the highest levels of comfort, amenity and convenience to the people of Okinawa, by continuing to operate the most reliable and fuel-efficient aircraft available today and in the future," said Manabu Sato, president of Japan Transocean Air and executive officer at Japan Airlines, who participated in a signing ceremony with Wojick and CFM International's General Manager for Asia Pacific Sales, Chris Drewer.

CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric and SNECMA, manufactures the 737-800's CFM56-7 engines. The airplanes will be fitted with Boeing's latest Performance Improvement Package (PIP), delivering an additional two percent improvement in fuel efficiency for the already fuel efficient single-aisle.

The airplanes also feature the 787-inspired Boeing Sky Interior, with sculpted sidewalls, window reveals and LED lighting and pivoting overhead bins that enhance the sense of spaciousness.