Continental Airlines orders Five 787-9 Dreamliners

Travel News Asia Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Continental Airlines has ordered five additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. This order, combined with the Houston-based airline's earlier orders, brings Continental's total firm 787 order to 25 aircraft. The airline also has contracted to convert 12 previously ordered 787-8 jetliners to the larger 787-9s.

Continental was the first airline in the Americas to order the 787 Dreamliner, placing its initial order for 10 airplanes in 2004. With this new order, Continental also becomes the first customer in the Americas to order the 787-9. The 787-9 (250-290 passengers) is a slightly larger version of the 787-8 (210 to 250 passengers) with increased seating and range capability (approximately 8,500 nmi versus 8,200 nmi). 

"We recognized the benefits of the 787 early, and this order further demonstrates our confidence in Boeing and the 787 Dreamliner," said Continental's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Larry Kellner. "The 787-9 is a welcome addition to the 787 family. With its increased size and range we will have the ability to serve more cities with the lowest possible cost per seat."

Continental's 787s will be powered by all-new fuel efficient and environmentally progressive GEnx engines developed by General Electric. Continental is scheduled to receive its first 787 in 2009.

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