Boeing and Continental Airlines have announced an order for five 787-9 Dreamliners. This order, combined with the airline's earlier announced orders, brings Continental's total firm 787 order to 25 aircraft.
The airline has also contracted to convert 12 previously ordered 787-8 jetliners to the larger 787-9s.
Continental was the first airline in the
Boeing says the 787-9 (250-290 passengers) is a slightly larger version of the 787-8 (210 to 250 passengers) with increased seating and range capability (approximately 8,500nmi versus 8,200nmi).
Separately, Boeing and Moscow-based freight company Volga-Dnepr Group have announced an order for five Boeing 747-8 Freighters with purchase rights for an additional five airplanes.
With this order, Volga-Dnepr becomes the seventh customer announced for the new 747-8 Freighter, joining Atlas Air, Cargolux, Emirates, Guggenheim Aviation Partners, Nippon Cargo Airlines and Korean Air.
Cargo will use the freighters for its growing cargo business on routes to