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Boeing Finalizes 787 Orders with Vietnam Airlines and British Airways

07 January 2008

Vietnam Airlines and Vietnam Aircraft Leasing Co. (VALC) have finalized an order for a total of 12 Boeing 787-8s, whilst British Airways has finalized an order for eight Boeing 787-8s and 16 787-9s,

The combined Vietnam order pushes 787 order totals to 802.

Willie Walsh, British Airways' chief executive, said, ""The 787 is a fantastic aircraft and will be a welcome addition to our fleet. It will provide major environmental improvements in terms of global emissions, local air quality and noise.

""With lower operating costs and the range to fly to all our destinations, it will give us more flexibility when planning our route network and we are confident that our customers will enjoy flying on the aircraft,"" Walsh said.

British Airways first announced its selection of the 787 Dreamliner as a key element of its long-haul fleet renewal last September. The carrier also announced in September that it will power its 787s with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000.

""This order is a vote of confidence from one of the world's leading global network carriers in the 787's unprecedented performance,"" said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales for Europe, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. ""No other airplane in its category offers British Airways the superior efficiency, economics and passenger comfort while also fitting so easily into its medium- and long-haul twin-aisle fleet.""