Primaris Airlines, a low cost US based airline, has selected the Boeing 7E7-8 Dreamliner and the 737-800 for its future fleet development.
The airline announced plans to purchase 20 737-800s and 20 7E7-8s, with options for an additional 25 737-800s and 15 7E7-8s. The firm purchases would be worth approximately $3.8 billion at list prices. Contract negotiations are expected to conclude later this year. Deliveries of the 737-800s will begin in 2007 and the 7E7-8s in 2010.
“Primaris is the first low cost carrier to select the 7E7 Dreamliner. Its decision validates the 7E7 Dreamliner as a catalyst for new business models,” said Mike Bair, Boeing vice president and general manager of the 7E7 program. “The 7E7 will be the airplane of choice for many types of carriers, including network carriers, low-cost carriers, and charter and leisure carriers. It’s an incredibly versatile machine.”
“We welcome Primaris to the team. With the 737s and 7E7s in its fleet, the airline will capitalize on the superior economics, fast turnaround times and low maintenance of Boeing airplanes. Both airplanes fit perfectly into the operational cost structure that is proven with successful low-cost carriers,” added Bair.Ê
Primaris is an emerging commercial airline offering distinctive value for business travelers. Primaris plans to equip the Next-Generation 737s with 94 seats in an all business class, while the 7E7s will seat approximately 150 passengers in an all business class. The U.S. domestic carrier intends to build a route structure serving domestic and international business travelers starting in 2005.