Boeing and Japan Airlines (JAL) have completed contracts for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 30 Next-Generation 737-800 passenger aeroplanes, agreements worth $5.3 billion at list prices. JAL also has options for 20 more 787s and 10 more 737s.
Japan Airlines will use the 787 Dreamliner to replace its twin aisle Boeing 767s and Airbus A300-600s whilst the 737s will replace and expand JAL’s single-aisle fleet.
JAL is one of 20 airlines that have announced orders and commitments for 255 Dreamliners. Completing the JAL agreement brings to 112 the number of 787s under firm contract.
The 787 family includes three aeroplanes seating 200 to 300 passengers that fly between 3,500 and 8,500 nautical miles (6,500 to 16,000 kilometres). Boeing claims the 787 will use 20 percent less fuel than comparable aeroplanes.
Boeing launched the 787 in April 2004. Production will begin in 2006 and first flight is expected in 2007 with certification, delivery and entry into service in 2008.
Separately, Boeing and GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS), revealed today a definitive agreement for the purchase of six Boeing Next-Generation 737-700s valued at approximately $330 million at list prices.
GECAS will lease the six new aeroplanes, along with six previously ordered 737-700s, to Sky Europe, a Central European low-cost low-fare airline, based in Bratislava, Slovakia. Sky Europe currently operates Boeing 737-500s.
Deliveries of the new aeroplanes will begin in 2006 and extend through 2007.