Uzbekistan Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, a Boeing 787-8.
The flag carrier of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan Airways becomes the 66th operator of the Boeing 787. It has another 787-8 on order.
“The delivery of our first Dreamliner marks a new and exciting chapter in our long-standing relationship with Boeing that began back in 1996,” says Valeriy Tyan, director general of Uzbekistan Airways. “We are delighted that as early as in September, passengers of Uzbekistan Airways will be offered a new flight experience and an unmatched level of comfort onboard our Boeing 787 Dreamliner.”
Uzbekistan Airways’ fleet consists of 34 aircraft, including seven Boeing 767-300ERs, two Boeing 767-300Fs and six Boeing 757s. From its hub at Tashkent International Airport, the airline flies to more than 40 cities.
The delivery flight of the carrier’s first 787 to Tashkent will bring humanitarian aid to patients in hospitals, mother-child clinics, rehabilitation centers and orphanages.
As part of its charitable activity in Uzbekistan, Boeing and Uzbekistan Airlines have partnered with AmeriCares, which supports a broad range of healthcare institutions throughout the country. The flight is one of the many humanitarian shipments that Boeing and Uzbekistan Airways have undertaken together.
The 787 family is now flying more than 350 routes and has established more than 75 new non-stop routes since it entered service in 2011.
To date 66 customers have placed orders for 1,161 787s, making the Dreamliner the fastest-selling twin-aisle aircraft in Boeing history.