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American Airlines in Agreement for 22 More 787s

March 11, 2020
In a welcome development for Boeing, the largest 787 Dreamliner operator in the Western Hemisphere will take delivery of 22 more of the long-range jets under a new lease agreement.

BOC Aviation, one of the world's largest aircraft-leasing companies, has an agreement to provide 22 new, Boeing 787-8 aircraft to American Airlines under long-term leases, with deliveries in 2020 and 2021. Terms were not announced.

American Airlines is the largest 787 Dreamliner operator in the Western Hemisphere, having ordered a total of 67 of the twin-engine, wide-body jets and taken delivery of 42, to date.

The 787-8 is the series' base model, capable of carrying up to 242 passengers and having a range of 7,355 nautical miles (13,621 km / 8,464 standard miles.)

The leased 787 Dreamliners will be powered by GE Aviation GEnx turbofan engines, BOC added.

Amid declining order volumes and multiple technical and design problems on its 737 series, the news is the second positive development for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner series. Late last month Boeing reported an order worth up to $5 billion from All Nippon Airways for a total of 15 787 Dreamliner aircraft, and options for five more at list prices.

“This is a wonderful agreement that brings together the world’s largest airline, one of our industry’s leading lessors, and the most efficient wide-body airplane family flying today,” stated Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Stan Deal. “We want to thank American Airlines again for deepening their commitment to the 787 Dreamliner program. Their repeat order in 2018 continues to be a powerful endorsement of the airplane’s superior fuel efficiency and passenger appeal.”

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