737NG: The Next Generation for Japan and the world

Woke up to some really terrific news this morning. Japan Airlines (JAL) has decided to introduce the Boeing 737NG (Next Generation) airplane to its domestic network. This is a great day for us and for JAL's passengers. It's really something to celebrate.

Boeing 737 photo

The best-selling 737NG in our new livery.

Our customers in Japan appreciate the strength of our airplane -- there have been two big contests between 737NG and A320 in this market in the past couple of years, and the 737 has won them both.

JAL has been operating 737s for some time and saw the clear benefits of the Next Generation.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) was an A320 operator, but in 2003 saw the efficiency and economy of the 737NG and purchased it as well.

And let's be really clear about something. Airlines such as JAL and ANA go through an incredibly hard and demanding analysis when they choose a new airplane.

They're meticulous about having the most efficient and cost-effective solution. After all, it's a huge investment for them.

So here's what I take away from all this:

  • The 737NG is the most efficient, high-technology airplane in its class, and Boeing continues to invest in the family.
  • The A320 is an aging product line. The 737NG is 10 years younger, with newer technology and more efficiency
  • Airlines around the world continue to show strong interest in 737, with big results: Boeing delivered 1,500 Next-Generation 737s in the first six years -- reaching that milestone sooner than any other commercial airplane model.

Sometime later we'll talk more about the efficiencies of the 737NG (and their advantages) in greater detail because they are worth talking about: aerodynamic efficiencies, engine efficiencies, structural efficiencies.

But for now, I'll focus on the real winners today -- the passengers of these fine airlines. They're the ones who'll be enjoying the benefits, the comfort and convenience of flying the 737NG.