6 June 2014
Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Arke said they have received airline´s first 787-8 Dreamliner at the Dutch carrier´s base at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.
The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash. on Wednesday on its delivery flight to the Netherlands. Arke is part of TUI Travel PLC, the largest tourism group in the world.
The 787 is the world´s most technologically advanced airplane with composite materials making up 50 percent of the primary structure, including the fuselage and wing. In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787 will provide Arke with unmatched fuel efficiency, using 20 percent less fuel than TODAY´s similarly sized airplanes.
Arke will use the 787 on its service between Amsterdam and the islands of Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. The airplane is the first of three Dreamliners to join the carrier´s all-Boeing fleet that also includes Next-Generation 737s and 767-300ERs. TUI Travel has ordered a total of 15 787-8s, of which six have been delivered and are currently in operation with three of the six airlines it operates; Thomson Airways, Jetairfly and now Arke.