Air Berlin orders 25 Boeing 787s

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German carrier Air Berlin has placed an order for 25 Boeing 787s and taken options and purchase rights on a further 25 of the type.

Delivery of the 25 firm 787-8s is scheduled for 2013 to 2017. The order marks the largest commitment from a European carrier for the type. No engine selection has been announced.

Air Berlin CEO Joachim Hunold says: “With this order, we want to secure the long-term future of the Air Berlin Group’s long-haul capability.”

The German carrier operates a fleet of Airbus and Boeing narrowbodies. In March it moved into the long-haul market after agreeing to acquire Dusseldorf-based charter operator LTU which operates Airbus A330s and A320/A321s.

In addition to the firm orders for 25 of the type, Air Berlin has also taken options on 10 aircraft and purchase rights on 15 Boeing 787s.

The deal was signed on the eve of today’s 787 roll-out.