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Air Sahara Orders Ten Boeing 737-800s

SEATTLE --- The Boeing Company today confirmed a previously unidentified Air Sahara order for 10 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. Air Sahara placed the order in the first quarter of 2006 and was listed in the unidentified category on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries web site. Valued at more than $700 million at list prices, deliveries are scheduled to begin in mid 2009.

"This order reflects our confidence both in the growth of India's aviation market and Air Sahara's modernization and expansion plans," said Alok Sharma, president of Air Sahara. "The reliability and exceptional low-operating cost of the Next-Generation 737 supports Air Sahara's mission to be India's leading airline in terms of operational efficiency and customer service."

The ten 737s will be fitted with Blended Winglets, which will improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, increase range and reduce takeoff noise.

"We are proud of the long-term relationship we have with Air Sahara," said Dinesh Keskar, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Sales, South and Southeast Asia. "We look forward to continuing our partnership and support of Air Sahara's expansion plans."

The digitally designed Next-Generation 737 is the most technologically advanced airplane family in the single-aisle market. With a bigger wing and more powerful engines, the 737 can fly higher, faster and farther than previous models and its competitor.

The 737-800, which can seat between 162 to 189 passengers, is 1,500 pounds lighter, can fly 260 nautical miles farther and 1,100 feet higher while carrying 12 more passengers than the competing model.

The Next-Generation 737 has logged 422 gross orders in 2006 including this order. As of July 31, 2006, 99 customers have placed orders for more than 3,300 Next-Generation 737s; the program has 1,366 unfilled orders with a value of nearly $91 billion at current list prices.

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Boeing Confirms Air Sahara Order for 10 737-800s