AerCap says it will buy five additional 787 Dreamliners



Aircraft lessor AerCap Holdings on Tuesday agreed to buy five additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jets as the U.S. planemaker nears a resumption of deliveries.

"We believe in this aircraft," said AerCap Chief Commercial Officer Peter Anderson at a press event at the Farnborough Airshow. "We see an opportunity to build on a bet that we placed on the 787 a while ago... We think the 787 is an aircraft of the future."

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Separately, aircraft lessor Aviation Capital Group LLC said on Tuesday it had ordered 12 additional 737 MAX 8 jets. ACG Executive Chair Mahoko Hara said the move "will help position ACG's order book for a recovery in air traffic coming out of the pandemic."

Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Stan Deal said on Sunday the U.S. planemaker was "very close" to restarting 787 deliveries, which have been halted since May 2021 as Boeing works through inspections and production issues.

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Boeing only briefly resumed 787 deliveries in March 2021 after halting them in late 2020.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Sunday the agency "will sign off on each delivery only after Boeing demonstrates the aircraft meets FAA safety standards".

Anderson said AerCap had not been holding off on ordering more planes until Boeing neared a resumption of deliveries, but added that "it certainly helped".

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Boeing only briefly resumed 787 deliveries in March 2021 after halting them in late 2020.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Sunday the agency "will sign off on each delivery only after Boeing demonstrates the aircraft meets FAA safety standards".

Anderson said AerCap had not been holding off on ordering more planes until Boeing neared a resumption of deliveries, but added that "it certainly helped".


Source: Reuters

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