Tassili Airlines of Algeria has placed its first
order for Boeing airplanes with a signed deal for four
Founded in 1997, Tassili Airlines, a 100% owned subsidiary of
government-owned Sonatrach Petroleum Corporation, will use the
737-800s to transport employees and cargo between large Algerian
cities and Sonatrach work sites. Tassili plans to put its 737s
into commercial passenger service on domestic and regional routes
in the near future.
"Tassili's selection of the Boeing Next-Generation 737 is
a testament to the airplane's versatility, range and other
performance factors," said Marty Bentrott, Boeing Commercial
Airplanes vice president of Sales for the Middle East, Central and
South Asia. "We offered a comprehensive package to support its
unique employee-transport needs, including spares, support
equipment, ground-handling equipment, tooling and training."
Boeing has more than 2,100 unfilled orders for the
Next-Generation 737s and nearly 120 customers around the world
have ordered more than 5,000 Next-Generation 737s. Recent
performance enhancements to the airframe and engines will reduce
fuel consumption by around 2% by 2011.
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