Market Presence. The B737-900 did prove 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 for the A321. The -900 is marginalized in terms of fleet size - and values. Values have experienced a continual downward trend since first entering service but the fall had been halted due to the value of the engines. 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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