Boeing has announced that Spanish airline Air Europa is the customer for 14 787-9 Dreamliner jets previously attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.
The manufacturer values the Boeing 787-9 order from Air Europa, which is a member of the SkyTeam Alliance, at $3.6 billion at list prices. Boeing booked the order in December.
According to the Chicago-headquartered manufacturer, Air Europa’s 787-9 buy is the largest-ever Boeing widebody order from a Spanish carrier.
Air Europa now has a combined total of 22 Boeing 787-8 and Boeing 787-9 widebodies on order, as it continues its transition to an all-Boeing long-haul fleet.
“With the steps we are taking, we will become an airline with the most modern fleet in the world,” said Juan Jose Hidalgo, president of Globalia, the parent company of Air Europa, at a press conference held in Madrid.
“We have always looked for the best quality and comfort for our passengers and the Boeing 787 meets our needs because it is faster, quieter and more comfortable as well as being more efficient and more respectful to the environment,” said Hidalgo.
“The first 787-8 Dreamliners will start to arrive in 2016; this will allow us to grow both the number of flights and destinations we will operate to by around 50 per cent,” Hidalgo added.
Several Spanish suppliers are involved in the Boeing 787 production program. These include Aciturri, ITP (through its participation in making the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine) and M. Torres, among others.
Based at Palma de Mallorca Airport, with a key hub at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, Air Europa is one of the largest airlines in Spain, serving more than 40 destinations throughout Europe and the Americas.
Throughout its history, which dates from 1986, Air Europa has operated Boeing 737s, 757s and 767s.
The carrier is currently operating 20 Boeing 737-800 jets, with 30 more on order. It also has eight Boeing 787-8s on order.
Air Europa’s current long-haul fleet is composed of 13 Airbus A330-200s and two A330-300s.
It also operates a growing fleet of Embraer 195LR jets, a leased Embraer ERJ-145 and five leased ATR 72 turboprops.