Air Europa has taken delivery of its first B787-8 Dreamliner, under a lease agreement with SMBC Aviation Capital.
The Spanish carrier has a total of 22 Dreamliners on order, which will be used to replace older Airbus A330 fleet, and to “provide the capability to grow its long-haul network to the Americas and beyond”.
Air Europa’s first B787 touched down at the carrier’s Madrid base on March 16, after its delivery flight from Boeing's B787 assembly site in North Charleston, South Carolina.
The aircraft is configured with 22 business class seats (2-2-2) and 274 in economy (3-3-3).
Seat pitch in economy is 31 inches, with a seat width of 17 inches. All seats have 10.6-inch TV screens, USB and iPorts, and there are six power sockets in every row.
Business class seats have a bed length of 80 inches and width of 22 inches, with a 17-inch TV screen, and LED lighting, USB and iPorts, and power sockets at every seat.
Air Europa has previously wet-leased a B787 aircraft from LOT Polish Airlines.
Last month the carrier launched its new Suma frequent flyer programme, replacing the Skyteam member’s previous participation in the Flying Blue scheme (see news February 8).