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29/12/2007
British Airways signs for 24 B-787s


Boeing and British Airways have finalized an order for eight Boeing 787-8s and 16 787-9s, raising the total number of 787 s ordered worldwide from 766 to 790 and taking the 787 order book past the 787th mark. The order is valued at $4.4 billion at list prices. British Airways also placed options for 18 787s and purchase rights for an additional 10.
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.
The 787 will help British Airways meet aggressive environmental performance targets. It will reduce CO2 emissions and has a noise footprint that is more than 60 percent smaller than those of today`s similarly sized airplanes.
Common elements between the 787 and British Airways`777 flight deck will allow for 777 pilots to train for 787 certification in only five days.
The 787 also offers more cargo-revenue capacity than the 767 and similarly sized airplanes.
With 790 orders in three years, the 787 remains the most successful airplane launch in aviation history.

Source: Boeing





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