Boeing has delivered the 100th plane in its 737-900ER series to an airline in the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan.
For Somon Air, based in Tajikistan, the plane delivered this week is its second 737-900ER. That aircraft is the largest of Boeing’s 737 Next Generation aircraft. The plane can carry up to 220 passengers in an all-economy configuration.
The 737-900ER, whose sales initially lagged after its April 2007 entry into service, has seen a boom in sales of late. Boeing has now logged orders for 414 of the extended range aircraft from 16 airlines including SeaTac-based Alaska Airlines.
Boeing has marketed the 737-900ER as a replacement for its out-of-production 757. The 737-900ER is nearly as large and nearly as long-legged as the 757. Boeing says the -900ER can substitute for 90 percent of the flights that the 757 is flying.