Continental Airlines yesterday converted 12 existing firm orders for 737NGs to 737-900ERs, becoming the first US carrier to order the type. The aircraft are slated for delivery in 2008. "These new planes will have among the lowest operating costs in our fleet, allowing us to serve high-demand markets more efficiently," Chairman and CEO Larry Kellner said. The airline ordered 24 737NGs in June (ATWOnline, June 7) and now has firm commitments for 65. It said it has the ability to convert more ...

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