Portuguese wet-lease specialist EuroAtlantic Airways has signed for a pair of Boeing 787-8s, becoming the first operator of the type in the country.

The carrier is taking the twinjets from AerCap, the leasing firm states.

It says the two used aircraft will be delivered to EuroAtlantic in the spring of 2021.

EuroAtlantic operates a fleet comprising Boeing 777-200ER, 767-300ER and 737-800 jets.

AerCap has not identified the airframes involved or the engine type installed on the 787s.

EuroAtlantic chief Eugenio Fernandes says the 787 has “incredible fuel efficiency and range” which will give the operator “tremendous flexibility” to serve its customers.

It had not indicated whether the aircraft will be used to replace other jets in its fleet.

EuroAtlantic was acquired towards the end of last year by an organisation called I-Jet Aviation.