Lufthansa Group to Buy 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliner Jets

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Largest airline group in Europe becomes the newest Dreamliner customer

FRANKFURT, March 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Lufthansa Group today completed an order for 20 787-9 Dreamliner airplanes. With the deal, valued at up to $5.8 billion per list prices, the largest airline group in Europe becomes the latest customer for the fastest-selling widebody airplane of all time.

Lufthansa Group has been strategically expanding and modernizing its world-class fleet in recent years. By introducing the super-efficient and long-range 787 family, the airline group will be able to fly farther and reduce fuel costs and emissions by more than 20 percent compared to previous-generation jets.

“We are very pleased that the ultra-modern Boeing 787-9 is now also expanding our long-haul fleet,” said Dr. Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board Lufthansa Group, Airlines Resources & Operational Standards. “With the 20 aircraft of this type now ordered, we will reduce our operating costs, reduce complexity in our long haul fleet, improve our environmental performance and provide our passengers with the most modern cabins in their respective category with reference class travel comfort.”

The airline group comprises network airlines such as Lufthansa and SWISS that offer passengers premium service and extensive flight options, and “point-to-point” carriers such as Eurowings that offer competitive flights for price-sensitive customers.

“Lufthansa Group is one of the most respected and innovative companies in the airline industry. We are extremely honored that they have again chosen to build their future with Boeing’s widebody jet family and we greatly look forward to delivering the 787 Dreamliner and the new 777X to Lufthansa in the coming years,” said Kevin McAllister, president & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Built with lightweight composite materials and powered by advanced engines and a suite of new technologies, the 787 family has helped airlines save 33 billion pounds of fuel and open more than 210 new non-stop routes around the world.

“The 787’s incredible fuel efficiency and range provide tremendous flexibility for Lufthansa Group since its airlines will be able to profitably operate the airplane on a wide range of route networks and business models,” said McAllister.

Lufthansa Group’s passengers will also be able to enjoy the Dreamliner’s larger windows, lower cabin altitude, smooth-ride technology, and other amenities.

More about the 787-9 and the Dreamliner family

At 63 meters (206 feet), the 787-9 can fly 290 passengers, in a typical two-class configuration, up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 kilometers). Since its launch, the 787 has won more than 1,400 orders from now 76 customers. Boeing has delivered nearly 800 Dreamliner airplanes to customers around the world.

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Boeing Delivers First 787 Dreamliner for WestJet

Airline to fly super-efficient, long-range 787-9 on new non-stop international routes
Airplane named after carrier’s chairman, founder; features new business cabin

SEATTLEJan. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE:BA] today delivered the first of ten 787 Dreamliners to WestJet, marking the start of the airline’s global expansion. Having long operated a fleet of Boeing single-aisle jets, WestJet will use the super-efficient, long-range 787-9 Dreamliner to profitably serve new international routes.

“Today’s delivery marks a new chapter for WestJet,” said Ed Sims, president and CEO of Calgary-based WestJet. “Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is one of the most technologically advanced aircraft ever flown and is the perfect platform for our transition to a global network carrier. We look forward to bringing Canadians to the world and the world to Canada in comfort and style.”

This spring, WestJet will use the 787-9 – the longest-range Dreamliner that can fly 7,635 nautical miles (14,140km) – to offer the first-ever flight connecting Calgary and Dublin. The airline will also offer non-stop Dreamliner service between Calgary and London Gatwick and Calgary and Paris.

The 787 Dreamliner – the fastest-selling widebody jet in history with about 1,400 orders – allows airlines to reduce fuel use and emissions by 20 to 25 percent and serve far-away destinations. The combination of super fuel efficiency and long range has helped airlines save more than 30 billion pounds of fuel and open more than 210 non-stop routes.

WestJet’s 787-9 will accommodate 320 passengers in a three-class configuration. The Dreamliner’s passenger-pleasing interior, which includes large windows, lower-cabin altitude and smooth-ride technology, complements WestJet’s all-new business cabin featuring the carrier’s first lie-flat seats.

“We are excited to welcome our friends at WestJet to the Dreamliner family. The airline has achieved impressive growth with the Boeing 737 and will now use the 787’s unmatched performance and passenger comforts to profitably launch a new ‘global era’,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company.

In preparation for its new Dreamliners, WestJet recently added digital solutions powered by Boeing AnalytX, to optimize its operations. These include Airplane Health Management, which provides predictive analytics to optimize WestJet’s 787 fleet operations, as well as Toolbox, which delivers real-time information for technicians to quickly resolve maintenance issues and keep airlines on schedule.

Paul Bergman
Boeing Communications
+1 (206) 724-7292


Boeing Delivers the 787th 787 Dreamliner

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AerCap, world’s largest airplane lessor, adds to its growing 787 portfolio
Special milestone airplane to be operated by China Southern Airlines

EVERETT, Wash., Dec. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE:BA] today delivered the 787th 787 Dreamliner to come off the production line, marking a special milestone for the super-efficient airplane family and the fastest-selling twin-aisle jet in history.

Since its first delivery in September, 2011, the 787 family has flown nearly 300 million passengers on more than 1.5 million flights around the world, including more than 210 new nonstop routes made possible by the airplane’s superior fuel efficiency and range.

“Reaching this milestone delivery is a testament to our amazing Boeing team who build the world’s most capable and reliable airplanes,” said Kevin McAllister, president & chief executive officer for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This delivery also reflects the special capabilities of the 787 Dreamliner. The growing fleet continues to deliver unmatched efficiency, open new routes, and provide an exceptional passenger experience.”

The airplane was delivered to AerCap, the world’s largest lessor and 787 customer. Sporting a special logo commemorating the production milestone, the airplane will be leased and operated by China Southern, which continues to expand its long-haul fleet of 787 Dreamliners, including 10 787-8s and eight 787-9s.

“As one of the 787 launch customers and the first Chinese airline to operate the 787, we are honored to celebrate this important milestone with China Southern Airlines,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. “We also thank AerCap for their large commitment to the Dreamliner. They continue to be a valued partner and we look forward to celebrating many more milestones with them in the coming years.”

China Southern Airlines first ordered 10 787-8 Dreamliners in 2005 and further increased its capability on long-haul routes when they placed an order for 787-9s in 2016.

The 787s have enabled the airline to launch a number of non-stop global routes, connecting Guangzhou to London and Rome in EuropeVancouver, British Columbia, in North America; and PerthAuckland, and Christchurch in the Oceania region.

About China Southern Airlines

As China’s largest airline by fleet size, China Southern Airlines currently operates more than 800 aircraft, including Boeing 787, 777, 747 and 737s. The carrier operates more than 3,000 daily flights to 224 destinations in 40 countries and regions across the world.

About AerCap

AerCap is the global leader in aircraft leasing with, as of September 30, 2018, 1,457 owned, managed or on order aircraft in its portfolio. AerCap has one of the most attractive order books in the industry. AerCap serves approximately 200 customers in approximately 80 countries with comprehensive fleet solutions. AerCap is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (AER) and has its headquarters in Dublin with offices in ShannonLos AngelesSingaporeAmsterdamShanghaiAbu DhabiSeattle and Toulouse.

Yukui Wang
Boeing China Communications
Office: +86 10 5925505

SOURCE: Boeing Website

Boeing Delivers First 787 Dreamliner for Gulf Air

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Super-efficient aircraft to help airline modernize fleet, enhance passenger experience

SEATTLEApril 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Gulf Air celebrated the delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner for the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The airplane also debuts the carrier’s new livery.

“This delivery is a historic moment for Gulf Air and Bahrain and yet another important step in our strategic direction towards furthering Gulf Air’s fleet modernization process and supporting our network and overall passenger experience enhancement strategies,” said Krešimir Kučko, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Air.

“The 787-9 Dreamliner orders will ensure we maintain one of the youngest fleets in the region while building upon our award-winning reliability, on time performance and product and service standards,” Kučko.

Gulf Air is set to take delivery of four more Dreamliners this year. The airline plans to introduce the 787 on its twice-daily service between Bahrain and London Heathrow before deploying the long-range efficient jet on other routes.

“Gulf Air joins the growing number of airlines operating the 787 Dreamliner across the Middle East,” said Marty Bentrott, Vice President, Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, for Middle EastTurkeyRussiaCentral Asia and Africa. “The demand for the Dreamliner underlines the operational efficiency and travel experience that the airplane brings to the airline and its passengers.”

Boeing has delivered more than 670 787s since deliveries began in 2011. The 787 fleet has flown more than 240 million passengers while saving over 23 billion pounds of fuel and enabling airlines to open more than 180 new nonstop routes around the world.

The first Gulf Air 787 – painted in the airline’s new livery – recently flew a special mission to the airline’s home base to perform a fly pass over the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix. Formula 1 race fans were treated to a dramatic aerial display prior to the start of the championship race.

Saffana Michael
International Communications
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
+9 7150-4590651

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Boeing and Royal Air Maroc Announce Orders for Four 787 Dreamliners

Morocco’s flag carrier expands 787 fleet to enable growth in international routes

SEATTLEDec. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) today announced orders for (4) 787-9 Dreamliners – valued at $1.1 billion at list prices – that will enable Morocco’s flag carrier to expand international service.

The orders, previously listed as unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website, include two 787s purchased in December 2016and two purchased this month.

Royal Air Maroc, which has already taken delivery of five 787-8s, will grow its fleet of fuel-efficient 787s to a total of nine airplanes. Royal Air Maroc flies 787s on international routes from Casablanca to North AmericaSouth America, the Middle East and Europe, and with the additional airplanes plans to expand service to these areas.

“Today Royal Air Maroc has direct flights to 80 international destinations. Thanks to our unique position as a geographic hub and high quality of service, we bring customers from all over the world to their destinations. With more than 850 flights per month to Africa, Royal Air Maroc has the broadest presence across the continent of any airline,” said Abdelhamid Addou, CEO and Chairman of Royal Air Maroc. He added, “Our vision is to be the leading airline in Africa in terms of quality of service, quality of planes and connectivity. Ordering new-generation planes such as the Dreamliner puts our airline on the right track to fulfill our vision.”

“Royal Air Maroc’s additional 787 orders are a terrific endorsement of the Dreamliner’s economic performance, fuel efficiency and unrivalled passenger experience,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Global Sales and Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Expanding the relationship between our companies that began nearly 50 years ago, Boeing is proud to support Royal Air Maroc’s growth plans within Africa and further connect Morocco to the world.”

Royal Air Maroc is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Its fleet includes more than 56 Boeing airplanes, including 737s, 767-300ERs, 787s and a 747-400. The Casablanca-based carrier operates a domestic network throughout Morocco and serves more than 80 destinations across Africa, the Middle EastEuropeNorth America and South America.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a family of super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. The 787-9’s fuselage is stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8 and can fly 290 passengers up to 14,140 kilometers in a typical two-class configuration. The 787’s unparalleled fuel efficiency – reducing fuel use and carbon emissions by 20 percent compared to airplanes it replaces – and range flexibility enable carriers to profitably open new routes and optimize fleet and network performance. To serve passengers, the Dreamliner offers large, dimmable windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

Boeing also is a longstanding partner to Morocco, supporting the country’s development of its aerospace industry and workforce. Boeing and Safran are joint venture partners in Morocco Aero-Technical Interconnect Systems (MATIS) Aerospace in Casablanca, a high-quality supplier that employs more than 1,000 people building wire bundles and wire harnesses for Boeing and other aerospace companies.

Jessica Kowal
Boeing Commercial Airplanes Communications
+1-206-660-6849 (Seattle)




Boeing Delivers 10th 787 Dreamliner to Vietnam Airlines

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., Nov. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Vietnam Airlines celebrated the delivery of the flag carrier’s 10th 787-9 Dreamliner today.

“Vietnam Airlines is proud to welcome our 10th Boeing 787 Dreamliner on behalf of Vietnam Airlines, only 16 months after we took delivery of the first of these state-of-the-art new aircraft,” said Phan Xuan Duc, Executive Vice President of Vietnam Airlines. “The 787 is one of the keys to our fleet expansion plans, and plays a vital role in enabling us to offer customers four-star quality of service and establish Vietnam Airlines among the leading carriers in Asia.”

The airline took delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner in July 2015 and has nine more 787s on order.

“We are honored to deliver the 10th 787 Dreamliner to Vietnam Airlines, building on our more than 20 years of partnership to advance Vietnam’s aviation industry,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific & India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 787 Dreamliner has enabled Vietnam Airlines to profitably operate key routes such as Hanoi to Heathrow and Ho Chi Minh City to Sydney, while providing their customers with the best passenger experience available.”

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an all-new, super-efficient family of commercial airplanes that brings big-jet ranges and speed to the middle of the market. Boeing designed the 787 family with superior efficiency, allowing airlines to open new routes profitably and fly directly where passengers wish in exceptional comfort. The 787 family uses 20 to 25 percent less fuel with 20 to 25 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

Since entering service in 2011, the 787 has flown more than 125 million passengers on more than 530 routes around the world, including more than 120 new nonstop routes made possible through its efficiency.

To track Vietnam Airlines’ 787 Dreamliners in real-time, visit:

About Vietnam Airlines
As the national flag carrier of Vietnam, headquartered in Hanoi, Vietnam Airlines operates 92 routes to 20 domestic and 29 international destinations with average 400 daily flights. Vietnam Airlines is certified as a 4-Star Airline by the international air transport rating organization SKYTRAX. The airline became an official member of SkyTeam Alliance in 2010 and was the first representative of the alliance in the Southeast Asia region.

The airline operates 787 Dreamliners on the domestic HanoiHo Chi Minh City route and international routes to/from London, Frankfurt, Narita and Beijing.

To date, Vietnam Airlines’ fleet of Boeing 787s has operated over 7,600 flights with 35,500 flight hours, and has flown approximately 1.79 million passengers.

Joanna Pickup
International Communications
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
+1 425-879-6077

Mr. Le Hoang Dzung
Vietnam Airlines JSC
+ 84 4 38732732 (ext 2151)

SOURCE : Boeing Website

United Airlines upgrades Sydney flights to Boeing 787

Sydney travellers will be able put the Boeing 787’s jetlag-smashing capabilities to the ultimate test from this weekend when United Airlines upgrades its Los Angeles and San Francisco flights to the advanced jet.

United’s Dreamliner will go up against Qantas’ older Boeing 747 on the Sydney-San Fran route, while the Star Alliance member also believes the Dreamliner will help cut a clearer path through the competitive trans-Pacific market to Los Angeles.

Alison Espley, United Airlines’ Managing Director of Sales for Asia, sees plenty of upside for trans-Pacific travellers.

“Passengers will appreciate the feeling of space in the cabin, the fact that wherever you’re sitting you can see out of the window, and the pressurisation that reduces and in some instance, people say, completely removes that feeling of jetlag.”

Of her own flights on the Boeing 787-9 Espley says “from the point of view of the higher humidity and pressurisation I feel much better, and I also appreciate the larger bathrooms, which are significantly larger than on the Boeing 777s.”

Sky-high WiFi

The Dreamliners also offer inflight Internet with a flat-rate US$17 charge for the entire flight.

“WiFi is no longer something that’s just ‘nice to have’ but an expectation, because people want to be connected if they choose” Espley tellsAustralian Business Traveller.

“The take-up differs depending on the direction you’re flying and also the day of the week, if it’s a working day or weekend” Espley notes.

United’s Boeing 787s also sport forward-facing business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration (below), compared to the Boeing 777’s higher-density 2-4-2 layout with alternate backward-facing rows, which Espley describes as “a significant move forward.”

First class dropped

“We believe the mixture of our network, our schedule, the on-board product, connectivity through our west coast gateway and the superiority of the Boeing 787 will continue to win over our customers” Espley says.
United also faces renewed competition from Qantas between Sydney and San Francisco, but Espley won’t entertain thoughts of any impact on UA’s bookings for the route.
“Bookings are still very strong and we have have strong relationships with a number of corporations based in the San Francisco area,” she says.
“San Francisco is our largest west coast hub with over 150 onwards destinations, and we see that as a considerable strength.”
The airline last year rescheduled its Sydney-San Francisco flights to dovetail into earlier east coast services “so that customers could arrive into New York in time for dinner.”


Australian Business Traveller