Luxair, the national airline of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, has signed
an agreement with Boeing to purchase two 737-700 jetliners, with an option
to buy two additional aircraft.
The two 737-700s, which will be equipped with winglets, will be the first
Next-Generation 737s for Luxair and the first to be operated out of Luxembourg. Luxair currently flies two 737-400s and three 737-500s.
The carrier, which began service in 1962, currently employs about 2,200
people and offers scheduled business flights between Luxembourg and major European cities. It also offers chartered holiday flights to the
Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Madeira and North Africa for its own tour
operators, Luxair Tours and Happy Summer.
"The 737-700s are the perfect evolutionary step for our fleet," said Christian
Heinzmann, Luxair president and chief executive officer. "We are very pleased with added maintenance, fuel, range and environmental advantages
that the 737-700 will deliver to Luxair. These aircraft will help us launch a new exterior paint scheme and an all-new interior, including a new
audio-visual system for our longer-range flights that will be revealed in the
very near future."
"With their premium performance, added winglets and quiet engines, Boeing
737-700s have a reputation for being environmentally responsible," said Marlin Dailey, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial
The 737-700 winglets, which curve out and up from the wingtips, boost the
airplane's performance, allowing the airplane to fly up to 115 nautical miles
(212 kilometers) farther than it otherwise would.
Winglets on a 737-700 can reduce fuel burn by up to 3.5 percent on flights
longer than 1,500 nautical miles (2,778 kilometers), which make the aircraft
more ecologically sensitive. They also reduce noise on takeoff and allow the
airplanes to climb faster.
The 737-700 is powered by new CFM56-7 engines produced by CFMI, a joint
venture of Snecma of France and General Electric of the United States. The
engines meet community noise restrictions well below Stage 3 limits and
below anticipated Stage 4 limits.