2007-07-15 - Air Berlin 787Air Berlin orders Boeing 787
787-Auftrag aus Deutschland<br /> On the eve of the unveiling of the world's newest commercial jetliner, the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing and Air Berlin announced an order for 25 787-8 airplanes valued at $4 billion at list prices. The order is the single largest placed by any European carrier and brings the total number of 787s ordered worldwide to 677.
"The 787 is perfectly suited for our new long-haul services," said Joachim Hunold, chief executive officer of Air Berlin. "It is hands-down the best aircraft to deliver the optimum combination of fuel efficiency, environmental performance and passenger comfort that we need to successfully grow our business and deliver a superior product for our customers. Passengers will fall in love with this airplane. The 787's many ground-breaking innovations make it a powerful tool for profitability." On top of the 25 orders, Air Berlin is securing 10 options and 15 purchase rights for additional 787s.
Other recent 787 order announcements included ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company of Kuwait which held a formal signing ceremony for the direct purchase of 10 787-8 Dreamliners. The deal was completed the day before the public Premiere of Boeing's first 787 in Everett, Wash. Valued at $1.62 billion at list prices, the new purchase builds on an order for 12 787s ALAFCO announced in March 2007. The Sharia-based leasing and finance company was the first Middle East customer to finalize its order for the Dreamliner, and ALAFCO has successfully placed its first 12 787s with Kuwait Airways.
Boeing also said that "we are very proud that Qantas Airways has decided to move forward with an order for 20 additional 787-9 Dreamliners plus options. Qantas is a key 787 customer with 45 airplanes currently on order and has a well-deserved reputation as one of the world's premier carriers. Boeing will work closely with Qantas to finalize the order in support of the airline's long-term growth plans.
Furhter, Boeing and CIT Aerospace, a business unit of CIT Group Inc., a leading global provider of commercial and consumer finance solutions, today announced an order for five additional Boeing 787 Dreamliners, worth approximately $810 million at list prices. The order doubles the number of 787 Dreamliners ordered by CIT to 10 airplanes. In addition, CIT has taken delivery of 31 Boeing Next-Generation 737s and has unfilled orders for 10 Next-Generation 737s on order with Boeing.
In Santiago, Chile, LAN Airlines S.A. and its related companies, announced that at an Extraordinary Meeting of the Board of Directors held this week, the Board agreed to incorporate 32 Boeing 787 Dreamliner long-haul aircraft to the Company's fleet between 2011 and 2016. LAN will purchase 26 aircraft, and acquire 6 more via leasing contracts. The total investment will reach approximately US$ 3.2 billion. Additionally, the Board approved 10 purchase options of the same aircraft model for 2017 and 2018. This is the largest investment in the Company's history and assures LAN's future growth, as well as operating one of the world's most modern fleets. These new aircraft are aimed to replace and grow the Company's long-haul fleet, and will allow LAN to operate new international routes that will be added to LAN Airline's current network including LAN Peru, LAN Argentina and LAN Ecuador.