When I noticed that the 737-900ER was sitting at 499 orders a couple of weeks ago, I started thinking about what a great success story this airplane is. Now that we’ve officially passed the 500 mark, I wanted to share my thoughts on what makes it so wildly popular.
500 and counting. The 737-900ER hits an impressive milestone with over 500 orders.
When you look at the single aisle market, there’s no doubt the 737-800 and future 737 MAX 8 are at the heart of it. But over the past two years, we’ve seen a surge of orders for the 737-900ER—as well as strong interest in the future 737 MAX 9. It’s something we call “up-gauging”, as airlines focus on becoming more efficient and reducing their costs.
Some recent big orders for the airplane came from United (50), Delta (100) and Lion Air (29). And when customers buy this airplane, they can’t help but come back for more. Almost half of our 737-900ER customers around the globe have placed additional orders for the airplane. When you take a closer look at how the 900ER stacks up against the competition—it’s easy to see why they want more.
Compared to the A321, the 737-900ER has an 8 percent lower trip cost and 6 percent lower per seat-mile cost. And while the airplane serves as our replacement for the 757, it’s also building a great foundation for the new 737 MAX 9.
So congratulations to our team in Renton for building an airplane that’s positioned our customers and our company in a sweet spot.