Continental Airlines converted 12 737NG orders to orders for the 737-900ER, raising its firm commitment for the new variant to 24. It has 60 737s on order with an option to convert more to the dash 900ER, which can fly up to 3,200 nm., or 500 nm. farther than the dash 900. It made the initial 12-aircraft conversion four months ago, becoming the first US carrier to order the type (ATWOnline, Aug. 4).

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