Air Berlin orders 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Travel News Asia Saturday, 7 July 2007

On the eve of the unveiling of Boeing's newest commercial jetliner, the 787 Dreamliner, Air Berlin has confirmed an order for 25 787-8 airplanes valued at US$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.

Air Berlin, based in Berlin, Germany, is Europe's third largest low-cost carrier. Long focused primarily on the low-cost market, Air Berlin is preparing to add long-haul destinations, with the ultra-efficient 787 serving as the cornerstone of its twin-aisle, long-haul fleet.

Last year Air Berlin purchased German carrier dba as part of its growth plan.

"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.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner claims to use 20% less fuel per passenger than similarly sized airplanes, amd is designed for the environment with lower emissions and quieter takeoffs and landings. Inside the airplane, passengers will find cleaner air, bigger windows, more stowage space and improved lighting.

The first 787 is currently on schedule for delivery to the first customer in May 2008. Including Air Berlin, 47 customers have ordered 677 787s.

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