Jan 29, 2016: Boeing delivered the 8,888th 737 to China’s carrier, Xiamen Airlines. With this delivery, Xiamen Airlines has now expanded its fleet size to 133 Boeing airplanes, including 17 737-700s, 106 737-800s, 4 757-200s and 6 787-8s.
Also, Boeing and Air Lease Corporation (ALC) celebrated first Next-Generation 737 delivery to Air Vanuatu, the flag carrier of the South Pacific nation. Air Vanuatu operates to Australia, New Zealand and destinations in the South Pacific. ALC has ordered 253 Boeing airplanes and has taken delivery of 65 Boeing airplanes. ALC is a leading aircraft leasing company based in Los Angeles that has airline customers throughout the world.
"We are excited to celebrate this fantastic milestone with Boeing," said Che Shanglun, president and chairman, Xiamen Airlines. "This milestone delivery comes at a good time to cater to strong travel demand over the upcoming Chinese Spring Festival period. With the special lucky number livery, the airplane also brings our best wishes of good fortune for our passengers."
Just as seven is considered a lucky number for Boeing, eight is considered to be a fortunate number in Chinese culture because it sounds similar to the word that means "prosperity" or "wealth."
"We are delighted to deliver ALC's first 737 NG aircraft to Air Vanuatu, a new customer for ALC as of July 2015 when the placement of this aircraft was first announced," said Steven F. Udvar-Házy, chairman and chief executive officer, Air Lease Corporation. "The new 737 NG offers significant improvements in fuel efficiency and passenger experience, making it the perfect match for Air Vanuatu as they renew and enhance their fleet."
The Next-Generation 737-800 will feature the airline's refreshed interior and the signature elements of Boeing's innovative Sky Interior with modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, larger pivoting overhead stowage bins and LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness.