Boost for Boeing

Boeing announced this week that it has confirmed orders worth approximately $4.2bn from two airlines for up to 32 787 Dreamliner aircraft.


On Tuesday, Boeing and Spanish carrier Air Europa announced an order for eight Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners valued at $1.3bn at list prices.



The order, placed by Air Europa in 2007, was accounted for on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries web site as an unidentified customer. Air Europa also acquired purchase rights for an additional eight 787s.



Air Europa, based in Palma de Mallorca, is the first Spanish customer for the 787 and plans to operate the aircraft on its long-haul routes. The airline has selected the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine to power its 787s.



On Monday, Boeing and Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air finalised negotiations for up to 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a deal that could be worth approximately $3.9bn at list prices if all options are exercised. The agreement is for 16 787s on direct order with purchase rights for eight additional 787s.


Boeing says the 787 is the fastest-selling new airplane program in history with a total of 857 orders from 56 customers since its launch in 2004.