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Tajikistan-based Somon Air takes first Boeing 737-900ER

Boeing has delivered the initial Next-Generation 737-900ER with the new Sky Interior to Tajikistan-based Somon Air, making it the first Central Asian carrier to operate a plane featuring the innovative cabin. 

Somon Air, the first private airline company in Tajikistan, started operating in February 2008, and is based at the capital, Dushanbe, international airport.  Tajikistan is a west leaning former Soviet one-party state.  Its borders include Afghanistan and China.  It already operates two leased Boeing 737-800s, the Dash 900 a direct purchase.  Some 15 destinations are offered including Dubai, Frankfurt and Moscow.

In an initiative Boeing partnered Somon Air and the US Department of State's Humanitarian Programme and Project HOPE to transport medical supplies to Dushanbe with the delivery flight.  The relief shipment of 2,852 pounds of medical supplies will improve the quality of medical care for the less-privileged in Tajikistan and help alleviate the shortage of medicines needed for oncology, psychiatric health and in the treatment of infectious diseases.

The Boeing 737-900ER is the newest member of the Next-Generation 737 family and is also the highest capacity, longest-range plane in Boeing's single-aisle fleet. www.somonair.com/en

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