Spain's Air Europa to exercise option to buy 8 Dreamliners

Reuters

MADRID, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Spanish airline Air Europa plansto exercise an option to acquire eight Boeing 787-9Dreamliner aircraft, a spokesman for the company said,confirming an earlier report in financial newspaper ElEconomista.

"These planes will reach us from 2020," the spokesman said.

The planned acquisition follows Air Europa's order for eightnew Boeing 737s in the week through to Sept. 24.

Air Europa's buying streak forms part of a strong expansiondrive in to medium- and long-haul routes left by the rivalairline Iberia .

In the first nine months of 2013, Air Europa carried some10.5 million passengers, around 450,000 more than Iberia,according to airport operator Aena.

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