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Boeing to add performance and comfort changes to 737NGs

29th April 2009 - 10:55 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Boeing has announced that seven airlines – FlyDubai, Continental Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Malaysia Airlines, TUI Travel, GOL and Lion Air – will be the first to incorporate the new, spacious 737 Boeing Sky Interior starting in late 2010.

The interior features soft, blue-sky-like lighting overhead and draws on the research used to design the interior for the 787 Dreamliner. The interior therefore features 787-style modern sculpted sidewalls and windows aimed at giving passengers a greater connection to the flying experience. The sidewall design integrates the air vent so that before-flight security checks go more quickly for maintenance staff.

The new design offers larger, pivoting overhead stowage bins that add to the openness of the cabin. The bins give more passengers room to store a carry-on roll-aboard near their own seat, adding both extra convenience and extra legroom.

Boeing has redesigned the reading-light switches so passengers can find them more easily and avoid accidentally pressing the flight-attendant call button. And speakers are integrated into each row's passenger-service unit to improve sound and clarity of public address operations, while the new integrated air vent and improved noise-dampening materials reduce overall cabin noise.

Boeing says the changes are more than cosmetic and it is targetting a 2% reduction in fuel consumption by 2011 through a combination of airframe and engine improvements. Aircraft structural improvements will reduce drag, reducing fuel use by about 1%, while CFM, is contributing the other 1% fuel savings through hardware changes to the CFM56-7B engine.

Continental Airlines will make a Next-Generation 737-800 available to Boeing to flight test the performance improvements.

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