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Boeing today confirmed Primaris Airlines, Inc. has chosen the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner for the airlines’ future fleet development.
The airline announced plans to purchase 20 7E7-8s and 20 737-800s, with options for an additional 25 737-800s and 15 7E7-8s. The firm purchases would be worth approximately $3.8 billion at list prices. Contract negotiations are expected to conclude later this year. Deliveries of the 737-800s will begin in 2007 and the 7E7-8s in 2010.
“Primaris is the first low-cost carrier to select the 7E7 Dreamliner. Its decision validates the 7E7 Dreamliner as a catalyst for new business models,” said Mike Bair, Boeing vice president and general manager of the 7E7 program. “The 7E7 will be the airplane of choice for many types of carriers, including network carriers, low-cost carriers, and charter and leisure carriers. It’s an incredibly versatile machine.”
Primaris joins a team of 7E7 launch customers including ANA (All Nippon Airways), Air New Zealand and Europe’s Blue Panorama and First Choice.
“We welcome Primaris to the team. With the 737s and 7E7s in its fleet, the airline will capitalize on the superior economics, fast turnaround times and low maintenance of Boeing airplanes. Both airplanes fit perfectly into the operational cost structure that is proven with successful low-cost carriers,” said Bair.
Primaris plans to equip the 7E7 with 150 passengers in an all business class carrier. The U.S. domestic carrier intends to build a route structure serving domestic and international business travellers starting in 2005.
Production of the Dreamliner will begin in 2006, the first flight is expected in 2007, with certification, delivery and entry into service in 2008.
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