MIAMI — based Air Europa was revealed today as the carrier that ordered for 14 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $3.6 billion at list prices. The order, booked last month, was previously attributed to an unidentified customer.
Air Europa now has 22 787-8s and 787-9s on order as it continues its transition to an all-Boeing long-haul fleet. The carrier currently has 45 aircraft: 13 Airbus A330-200s, 21 Boeing 737-800s and 11 Embraer 195s, according to its website.
“The first Dreamliners will start to arrive in 2016, this will allow us to grow both the number of flights and destinations we will operate to by around 50 percent,” said Juan Jose Hidalgo, president of Globalia, the parent company of Air Europa, at a press conference in Madrid today. The Madrid-based carrier plans to use a 787 leased from LOT Polish Airlines to start service to Miami on April 12.
Looking at the 787’s overall numbers as of January 7, the Dreamliner has 27 customers, including Air New Zealand, Korean Air, Kenya Airlines, Avianca, Virgin Atlantic, Xiamen Airlines and American Airlines. Boeing has delivered 228 aircraft that have flown 188,820 revenue flights, 401.2 million revenue miles and 35.4 million estimated passengers flown.