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Northwest Airlines orders 68 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

 

BY OUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT

May 9, 2005: Northwest Airlines Inc has placed an order for 68 Boeing 787 Dreamliners to be used to boost operating efficiencies on its long-haul routes, making it the first carrier in North America to operate 787 in revenue service.

The order includes firm purchases of eighteen 787-8s valued at $2.2 billion at list prices, plus options and purchase rights for 50 additional Dreamliners.

With the initial delivery slated to take place in August 2008, Boeing intends to deliver six airplanes to Northwest Airlines each in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

"The Boeing 787 provides Northwest Airlines with a new-generation, long-range aircraft that will allow us to tailor our growing international route system to best address our customers’ travel needs," said Northwest Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer Doug Steenland said.

According to Boeing (Commercial Airplanes) President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally, “the 787’s size, range, speed and operating economics make it a perfect match for Northwest’s routes and fleet plans”.

The Dreamliner uses 20 per cent less fuel than most comparable airplanes, provide with up to 45 per cent more cargo revenue capacity and has a new interior environment with higher humidity, wider seats and aisles, larger windows and other conveniences.

The production of the aircraft would begin in 2006, and the first flight is expected to be in 2007, with certification, delivery and entry into service in 2008.

The 787 is a family of airplanes in the 200- to 300-seat class that will carry passengers on routes between 3,500 and 8,500 nautical miles (6,500 to 16,000 km). In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to mid-size airplanes, the 787 will fly at Mach 0.85, as fast as fastest commercial airplanes, while using much less fuel.

Northwest also becomes a member of the 787 `Launch Team’ that now includes 20 airlines from around the world. Orders and commitments for the 787 since its launch last year total 255.

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