Market Presence. The B737-900 has not proved to be a success. Just as the B757-300 and B767-400, the stretch to the existing B737-800 did not go far enough, leaving Airbus with a few more years in which to gain orders. The -900 is marginalized in terms of fleet size and values. Values have experienced a continual downward trend since first entering serice. Having secured only 52 orders for the largest B737NG variant, the -900, since it was launched in November 1997, Boeing had to stem the orders being placed for the competitive A321-200 by developing the -900ER. The -900 carried a $3 million list price premium over the -800 but this was quickly eroded as the market failed to place new orders for the larger type.
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