The delivery makes Okay the first airline in China to operate the aircraft, and marks the first of eight B737-900ERs it has on order.
The new jet comes equipped with 200 seats in a single-class layout, and will allow it to operate longer routes to destinations in Southeast Asia. Later this month, Okay will commence its first flights to Thailand, linking its secondary base of Xi’an with Bangkok and Krabi.
“The 737-800 has been the backbone of our fleet and has fuelled our growth with its proven reliability and efficiency,” said 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.”
The new B737-900ER joins Okay’s existing fleet of 13 Boeing 737-800s and 12 Chinese-made MA-60 turboprops.