Boeing has received commitments for 102 of its 787-10 Dreamliners, the company announced today at the Paris Air Show.
Those commitments come from five customers in Europe, Asia, and North America. Air Lease Corp.will buy 30 of the airplanes. GE Capital Aviation Services is in line to buy 10; International Airlines Group/British Airways, 12 (subject to shareholder approval); Singapore Airlines, 30; and United Airlines , 20 planes.
Air Lease Chairman and CEO Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, whose company will also be purchasing three 787-9s from Boeing, said "Both of these airplanes possess ... the ideal size, capabilities and economical operating costs for their medium to long-haul markets."
The United Airlines commitment increases its on-order and already-delivered 787s to 65. United is the only U.S. airline to currently fly 787s. Its fleet includes six first-generation 787-8 Dreamliners.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner says the 787-10 Dreamliner "will be the most-efficient jetliner in history ... [It] is 25 percent more efficient than airplanes of its size today and more than 10 percent better than anything being offered by the competition in the future."
The 787-10, engineered to cover up to 7,000 nautical miles, with seating for 300-330 passengers, is the third generation of the Dreamliner family, but is still on the drawing board. Flight tests for the 787-10 won't begin until 2017, and the first deliveries are not expected until 2018. The second-generation Dreamliner, the 787-9, is set to have its first flights later this year. The original 787 can seat between 210 and 250 passengers while the 787-9 will be able to seat between 250 and 290 passengers.
The new 787-10 lists at $290 million, making the deals announced today worth nearly $30 billion at full price, although customers often negotiate deep discounts.
-- Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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