Airlines and Aviation
Okay Airways takes delivery of the first of 8 Boeing 737-900ERs that the Chinese airline has on order. Its current fleet comprises 13 Boeing 737-800s and several Xian MA60s, a Chinese made turboprop aircraft.
The Boeing 737-900ER (extended range) is Boeing's newest Next-Generation 737 aircraft. It has 31 more seats than the Boeing 737-800. It also has the lowest operating cost per passenger of any single aisle Boeing airliner.
"The 737-800 has been the backbone of our fleet and has fueled our growth with its proven reliability and efficiency," says Liu Weining, President of Okay Airways.
"The addition of the 737-900ER airplanes will fit seamlessly into our existing fleet of 737-800 airplanes, allowing us to efficiently match capacity to market demand with industry leading economics."
Okay Airways' new 737-900ER has 200 seats in single-class configuration. The airliner has Boeing's Sky Interior, which features sculpted sidewalls, larger windows, and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins.
LED lighting creates a greater sense of space.
"It is an honor to join our partner Okay Airways to introduce the first 737-900ER to China," says Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Sales for Northeast Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"The 737-900ER will further strengthen Okay Airways' fleet of existing 737s by adding more range and capability, while maintaining leadership in efficiency and reliability. I am confident that the 737-900ERs will continue to contribute to their long-term success for many years to come."
Privately Owned Airline
Established in 2004, Okay Airways is China's first privately owned airline.
The airline currently has a fleet of 13 Boeing 737-800s, one Boeing 737-300F cargo aircraft, and 13 Xian MA60s, which are a turboprop airliner produced by China's Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation.
The airline has another 17 of the twin-engine turboprops on order.
In addition to Okay Airways, primary users include Indonesian air carrier Merpati Nusantara Airlines, which has 14, and China's Joy Air, which has 9 in service and 21 on order.
The airliner, which can carry up to 60 passengers, has been plagued by a series of accidents – including a number of fatalities. It is not certified for use in the European Union or the United States.
Okay Airways' corporate headquarters is in Beijing, but its primary hub is in Tianjin, a port city located 30 minutes by high speed rail from the nation's capital.
The airline currently flies from Tianjin to the following domestic travel destinations: Beijing, Changsha, Chengdu, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hrbin, Hefei, Jiamusi, Kunming, Nanjing, and Zhangjiajie.
The airline will launch international service to 2 travel destinations in Thailand in February 2015: Bangkok and Krabi.
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