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Boeing 737-800s in JTA  livery. Boeing photo

Boeing 737-800s in JTA livery. Boeing photo

Japan Transocean Air, a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, has finalized an order for 12 Boeing 737 Next-Generation airplanes as part of its fleet renewal program.

The Okinawa-based JTA currently operates a fleet of Boeing 737-400s.

The order is for the 737-800 version and is worth US$1.1 billion at list price.

It was first announced as a commitment late March. The airplanes will start arriving in 2016.

“This order is a key part of our strategy to bring the highest levels of comfort, amenity and convenience to the people of Okinawa, by continuing to operate the most reliable and fuel-efficient aircraft available today and in the future,” said Manabu Sato, president of JTA.

Boeing says the 737-800 is the best-selling version of the 737NG family.

“The Next-Generation 737’s market success has been confirmed by investors who consistently rank it as the most preferred single-aisle airplane due to its wide market base, superior performance efficiency and lowest operating costs in its class,” the company said today.