Boeing has confirmed a major new order for its Dreamliner aircraft.
US-based Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has completed an order for 30 B787-10 and three B787-9 Dreamliners, in a deal worth US$9.4 billion at list prices. This follows an initial agreement penned at this year’s Paris Air Show.
“We are thrilled to be adding 787-10s and additional 787-9s to our portfolio,” said ALC’s chairman & CEO, Steven Udvar-Hazy. “The performance characteristics of the 787-10 will build on the 787 family’s success in the marketplace by providing the ideal size, capabilities and economical operating costs for medium to long-haul markets.”
The new B787-10, which is expected to be introduced in 2018 or 2019, will be the largest version of the aircraft, carrying 300 to 330 passengers up to 12,964km. The B787-9 completed its first flight this week and is scheduled for first delivery in mid-2014.
“ALC is an ideal partner to help establish the B787-10 in the airplane leasing market,” said Boeing’s commercial president & CEO, Ray Conner. “The ALC team has an excellent understanding of its airline customers’ requirements and a successful track record placing Boeing airplanes that meet those needs.”
The latest order adds to the more than 180 Boeing aircraft ALC already has on order.