Madrid - The Spanish airline operator Air Europa welcomed the first of its sixteen Boeing 787-9 ordered, crossing a new stage in the modernization of its fleet.
On February 17, The 787-9 registered EC-MSZ landed at Madrid-Barajas airport at 6:14 am local time following a ferry flight from the Boeing plant in North Charleston, South Carolina.
A second copy will join the Air Europa's fleet in Madrid next March. Air Europa will use both aircraft on its long-haul route to Buenos Aires.
The new Dreamliner is configured to accommodate 333 passengers, 30 in Business and 303 in Economy. Like the entire long-haul fleet of the company, it is equipped with an in-flight entertainment system and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Air Europa expects to receive another four 787-9 in 2019, five in 2020, two in 2021 and the last three in 2022.
The sixteen 787-9 will operate alongside eight 787-8, the last of which was delivered in June 2017. The 787-8s fly today from Madrid to Miami, Santo Domingo, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Havana, Lima and Tel Aviv.
At the end of March, Sao Paulo will be added to the 787-8 network of the airline. The Dreamliner is intended to replace the two Airbus A330s on the same line.
From 2020, Air Europa will start receiving about twenty Boeing 737 MAX over the years. At the end of this transition period, the Spanish carrier will become an "all Boeing " operator.