Boeing today confirmed that Primaris Airlines has chosen the Boeing 7E7-8 Dreamliner and the 737-800 for the airlines’ future fleet development.
The airline announced plans to purchase 20 737-800s and 20 7E7-8s, with options for an additional 25 737-800s and 15 7E7-8s.
The firm purchases would be worth approximately $3.8 billion at list prices. Contract negotiations are expected to conclude later this year. Deliveries of the 737-800s will begin in 2007 and the 7E7-8s in 2010.
Primaris plans to equip the Next-Generation 737s with 94 seats in an all business class, while the 7E7s will seat approximately 150 passengers in an all business class. The US domestic carrier intends to build a route structure serving domestic and international business travellers starting in 2005.
The 7E7 is a family of airplanes in the 200- to 300-seat class that will carry passengers on routes between 3,500 and 8,500 nautical miles (6,500 to 16,000 kilometres) whilst using 20 percent less fuel than airplanes of comparable size. Boeing says that the 7E7 will also provide customers with up to 45 percent more cargo revenue capacity.
Production of the Dreamliner will begin in 2006. First flight is expected in 2007, with certification, delivery and entry into service in 2008.