PIP anniversary

Here’s an anniversary that comes with some gifts in the form of positive customer feedback. One year after the first Next-Generation 737 was delivered with the Performance Improvement Package (PIP), airlines are telling us about the benefits.

Our promise was to provide up to 2 percent improvement in fuel burn. To get there, we enhanced the CFM engine—and added other things like aerodynamic-shaped anti-collision lights, streamlined slat and spoiler trailing edges, and ski-jump wheel well fairings re-contoured to smooth the air flow near the main landing gear. 12 months later, here’s a sampling of what our customers are saying about PIP.

“The Performance Improvement Package has contributed to a remarkable fuel mileage improvement compared to the non-PIP airplanes,” said Takeshi Katsurada, vice president of flight operations engineering for Japan Airlines. “We can validate its improvement through each delivery flight performance monitoring and also daily flight operations monitoring to the extent of more than 2 percent fuel mileage improvement.”


Japan Airlines can validate a fuel mileage improvement of more than 2 percent through delivery flight performance monitoring and also daily flight operations monitoring of its Next-Generation 737-800s with PIP.

“Virgin Australia has been introducing B737-800 aircraft equipped with the Performance Improvement Package as part of its ongoing fleet renewal programme,” said Virgin Australia General Manager, Group Flight Operations, Captain Brad Thomann. “We have been pleased to observe the improved fuel performance of these aircraft, which represents an important contribution to our overall fuel conservation strategy and our commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”


Virgin Australia’s 737-800 with Boeing Sky Interior.

“Our latest tests have shown that aircraft, which incorporate the Performance Improvement Package, provide flydubai with up to 1.6 percent reduced fuel burn over non-PIP aircraft,” said Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai. “With a growing fleet, any savings we can make towards our fuel costs are positive from both a financial and environmental perspective. We look forward to Boeing introducing the final part of the package, which will provide us with even greater fuel savings.”


flydubai’s Next-Generation 737-800s with PIP provide the airline with up to 1.6 percent reduced fuel burn.

That final part of the package, a redesigned environmental control system exhaust vent, is scheduled for mid-2013. Best of all, PIP is offered to all of our customers at no extra charge.

This is just part of our commitment to continuous innovation on the world’s best-selling airplane. The Next-Generation 737 gets better and better—something we can all be happy about.

Comments (1)

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

No reason not to improve on the 737NG while the 737 MAX in early development. I have a feeling that the PIP package is the reason why airlines are combining orders with the the 737NG with the improvement package when they are ordering the 737 MAX.

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