Boeing, Oman Air Announce Order for Six Boeing 787 Dreamliners

  • 12:00 AM, November 15, 2011
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Boeing and Oman Air, Sultanate of Oman 's flagship carrier, today announced an order for six Boeing 787-8s at the Dubai Airshow. The airline completed an arrangement with Boeing and Kuwait -based leasing company ALAFCO to transfer existing orders for the six Dreamliners from ALAFCO to Oman Air. "Our decision to order the 787-8 is part of Oman Air's long-term growth strategy to expand and modernize our fleet with newer, more fuel-efficient airplanes," said Peter Hill , chief executive officer, Oman Air. "We see direct benefits because of the Dreamliner's fuel efficiency and operating economics as well as the enhanced travel experience that Oman Air will be able to offer its customers aboard this airplane." In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to mid-size airplanes, the 787 provides airlines with unmatched fuel efficiency using 20 percent less fuel than today's similarly sized airplanes. The key to the exceptional performance of the 787 Dreamliner is a suite of new technologies, including advanced composite materials, systems, aerodynamics and engines. Passengers will also see improvements on the 787, from an interior environment with higher humidity to increased comfort and convenience. Boeing and Qatar Airways today announced an order for two Boeing 777 Freighters at the 2011 Dubai Air Show. Valued at $560 million at current list prices, the airplanes will increase the airline's 777 Freighter fleet to eight when delivered. "As we accelerate efforts to boost our global cargo network, we are expanding our fleet with airplanes like the Boeing 777 Freighter that allow us to deliver cargo further and more efficiently than ever before," said Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways. "The 777 Freighter has already proven itself with its impressive operating economics and is a critical component of our cargo fleet, enabling the launch of three new dedicated freighter services to Atlanta, Houston and Toronto, from our hubs in Doha and Luxembourg."