Boeing has launched a new “Sky” interior for its current generation of 737s. The design combines elements of the soon-to-fly 787 interior, with LED mood lights and futuristic molding, as well as the 777′s design for overhead bins.
The most touted benefit of the new design is that it provides more headroom than earlier versions. Though the headline in the Seattle Times is a bit much (“Spiffed-up 737 will let passengers stand tall at their seats”), the change is certainly welcomed. (It looks like you can “stand tall” at the aisle, but not at the window or middle seat…)
The new design will be delivered starting in 2010. Minor structural changes and a new engine, will follow in 2011. (The changes will lead to a fuel efficiency improvement of 2% over the current design.)
Of course, in today’s global economic climate, it’s going to be a while before airlines order these designs en masse. So far, Continental Airlines, FlyDubai of the United Arab Emirates, GOL of Brazil, Lion Air of Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, and TUI Travel have signed on to purchase this version.