Continental will acquire 15 next-generation Boeing 737-900s for May 2001 and July 2002, Chairman and Chief Executive Gordon Bethune said yesterday at a Wings Club luncheon in New York. Purchase of the new fuel-efficient aircraft, which Bethune said was accelerated by favorable delivery positions and fierce competition, makes Continental the largest carrier to add the aircraft to its fleet. The Houston-based carrier also agreed to take 25 more 737-900 options that could be exercised ...

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