SEATTLE— Continental Airlines has ordered 15 Boeing 757-300 single-aisle airplanes, the companies announced Thursday.
No value was given for the deal, but Boeing’s published prices for the aircraft would make it about $1.2 billion, depending on features chosen by Continental. Deliveries are scheduled for late 2001 through mid-2003.
"This new 757 model will help us efficiently serve a set of routes that demand additional capacity," said Gordon Bethune, Continental chairman and chief executive officer.
The 757-300 is a stretched version of the 757-200. It can carry 27 more coach passengers than the 757-200 and nearly 40 percent more cargo volume.
Continental plans to use the aircraft mostly on domestic routes, configured for 24 first-class seats and 186 seats in coach.
Continental and American Trans Air are the only U.S. carriers to operate the 757-300.
Continental’s 757-300s will be powered by Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4B engines.
In all, Boeing has received 44 orders for the jets from six airlines. Fifteen of the planes are now flying.
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