Nakash Group (to be operated by Arkia) and Privatair have ordered Boeing 787s. Nakash Group (Arkia) have chosen the 787-9 while Privatair have gone with the 787-8.
SEATTLE, Dec. 05, 2006 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Nakash Group of America today announced an order for two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. Nakash Group of America is a multi-national, multi-billion dollar conglomerate that owns Arkia Israeli Airlines. Arkia, based in Tel Aviv, will operate the 787s, making it the first airline in Israel to offer 787 services to its passengers.
The order is valued at $366 million at list prices. Deliveries are in 2012. Nakash Group also secured options for two 787-9s.
"The 787 is, simply put, an amazing machine," said Joe Nakash, chairman, Nakash Group of America. "We are excited to be the first in Israel to fly our passengers in the superior comfort of the Dreamliner.
"Like the 787, our businesses are global. The Dreamliner will create unprecedented access to growing markets, facilitate international business and build on the increasing demand for air travel around the world," Nakash said.
Since its launch in April 2004, the 787 has become the world's fastest-selling commercial airplane. Thirty-seven customers worldwide have placed more than 450 orders and commitments for the 787, preferring its superior efficiency, economics, range and passenger comfort.
"Today is a great day for Boeing and Israel," said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales for Europe, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We are thrilled to welcome the Nakash Group into the 787 family and look forward to seeing the 787 flying in Arkia colors. In just a few years, Israeli travelers will enjoy an unmatchable travel experience."
Arkia will use the 787s to serve destinations in North America and the Far East.
The carrier is evaluating the two engine options for the 787, which are the General Electric GEnx and the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000.
Today the Arkia fleet includes one Boeing 757-200 and two 757-300s, plus four ATR 72-500s and five Bombardier Dash 7s.
SEATTLE, Dec. 05, 2006 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and international business aviation group PrivatAir today announced an order for one Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner airplane. PrivatAir, headquartered in Geneva, becomes the first company of its kind to purchase the 787. The order is valued at $153 million at today's list prices. The order is accounted for on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website, identified as a 787 BBJ VIP customer.
PrivatAir will be the first commercial business aviation specialist to offer the 787 to its customers. The 787 complements PrivatAir's existing Boeing fleet, which includes a newly acquired 767, one 757, three Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) and one BBJ2.
"PrivatAir has been at the forefront of business aviation for three decades," said Greg Thomas, CEO of PrivatAir. "We were the very first commercial operator of the Boeing Business Jet, and the first to operate a luxury-configured 767 for our VIP charter business."
PrivatAir is evaluating the two engine options, the General Electric GEnx and the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000.
"Working with PrivatAir is an excellent way for us to continue and expand our success in the corporate aircraft market," said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales for Europe, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "PrivatAir's order is another example of the 787's exceptional versatility."
These orders were probably listed as "Unidentified" for the Arkia order, and perhaps "BBJ" for the Privatair order. The 787 bandwagon just keeps on rolling.