Boeing and AerCap announced an order for thirty 787-9 at the show Monday. The agreement, valued at $8.1 billion at list prices, makes AerCap the largest customer for the Dreamliner family.
AerCap has taken delivery of 55 Dreamliners, and after this order will have a further 67 on backlog, including sale-leasebacks.
“AerCap understands the value proposition the 787 brings to its airline customers,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Kevin McAllister. “We appreciate their continued confidence in the Dreamliner, and we're excited to have them become the largest 787 customer in the world.”
“This strengthens our ambition to satisfy our customers’ demand for an aircraft they truly value due to its economics, operating efficiencies and high levels of in-cabin comfort and innovation,” added AerCap CEO Aengus Kelly.
Featuring a fuselage stretch of 20 feet over that of the 787-8, the 787-9 flies up to 45 more passengers another 280 nautical miles with what Boeing calls the same environmental performance, namely 20 percent less fuel used and 20 percent less emissions compared with the airplanes they replace. Boeing had collected 651 firm orders for the 787-9 by the end of May.