EUROPE: Futura becomes first European operator

Europe’s first two Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes were delivered recently to GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) and its leasing customer, Spanish carrier Futura International Airways, based in Palma de Mallorca. "We are very satisfied to take delivery of the first Next-Generation 737-900ER for Europe through our lessor GECAS," said Rom¨¢n Pan¨¦, CEO of Futura. […]


Europe’s first two Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes were delivered recently to GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) and its leasing customer, Spanish carrier Futura International Airways, based in Palma de Mallorca.

"We are very satisfied to take delivery of the first Next-Generation 737-900ER for Europe through our lessor GECAS," said Rom¨¢n Pan¨¦, CEO of Futura. "Our experience in operating the 737 will be expanded with this new aircraft model, allowing us the longest range possible for our international fleet."

Boeing launched the 737-900ER program in July 2005. Th e 737-900ER, the newest member of the Next-Generation 737 airplane family, increases the capability of the 737 by carrying more passengers and flying farther. Th e European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified the 737-900ER on April 22.

As of March 31, nine customers have placed orders for 229 Next-Generation 737-900ERs, and more than 7,900 orders have been placed for 737s. Boeing has more than 2,100 unfilled orders for theNext-Generation 737.

Futura International Airways was created by Aer Lingus in 1989. It operates a fleet of 32 Boeing airplanes and transports more than 3 million passengers a year. Its long-haul services include Canada, Indonesia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Egypt and Gambia.