Boeing product upgrade for the 737 NG announced
Boeing today announced that seven airlines will be the first to incorporate the new, spacious 737 Boeing Sky Interior starting in late 2010.
Drawing from years of research used to design the interior for the 787 Dreamliner, the 737 Boeing Sky Interior features new, 787-style modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals that draw passengers' eyes to the airplane's windows, giving passengers a greater connection to the flying experience. On a more practical note, the sidewall design integrates the air vent so that before-flight security checks go more quickly for maintenance staff.
Changes to the Next-Generation 737 are more than cosmetic: Boeing is targeting a 2 percent reduction in fuel consumption by 2011 through a combination of airframe and engine improvements. Airplane structural improvements will reduce drag on the airplane, reducing fuel use by about 1 percent. Boeing's engine partner, CFM, is contributing the other 1 percent fuel savings through hardware changes to its engine. Continental Airlines will make a Next-Generation 737-800 available to Boeing to flight test the performance improvements.
CFM International launched the new CFM56-7B Evolution engine enhancement program scheduled to enter airline service in mid-2011 to coincide with Boeing Next-Generation 737 airframe improvements also announced today. The CFM56-7B Evolution-powered Next-Generation 737 enhanced airplane/engine combination will provide a 2 percent improvement in fuel consumption, which, in turn, equates to a 2 percent reduction in carbon emissions. Additionally, the enhanced -7B will provide up to 4 percent lower maintenance costs, depending on the thrust rating.
CFM is using advanced computer codes and three-dimensional design techniques to improve airfoils in the high- and low-pressure turbines to improve engine performance. In addition, CFM is improving engine cooling techniques and reducing parts count to achieve lower maintenance costs. The first engine is scheduled to begin ground testing in September of this year.
Airlines getting the new 737 upgrade are: FlyDubai - Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Continental Airlines – Houston; Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA - Fornebu, Norway; Malaysia Airlines - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; TUI Travel PLC – London; GOL Airlines - Sao Paulo, Brazil; Lion Air - Jakarta, Indonesia.