The new Boeing 787-9 offers premium levels of luxury with touch-screen TVs, extra privacy and expertly crafted menus
Air Europa, the Latin America specialist, has established itself as one of Europe’s most modern carriers with one of the youngest fleets on the continent, which continues to grow. It is currently made up of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (10 aircraft), the Airbus A330 (12 aircraft), the Boeing 737-800 (21 aircraft), the Embraer 195 (11 aircraft) and the ATR-72 (4 aircraft).
Back in 2015, Air Europa announced the start of a $3.5 billion investment in new aircraft, with an order for a total of twenty-two 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners to be delivered over five years. The first two 787-9 aircraft joined the fleet last year, taking the Dreamliner total to ten, and a further five are set to be delivered in 2019, with the order increased to achieve a total fleet size of twenty-seven by 2022.
Air Europa has now announced the launch of a new business class cabin design, adding more business class capacity and greater privacy for passengers. The new design will be installed on the airline’s new Boeing 787-9 aircraft by the end of the year.
The new cabin has been adapted for a 1-2-1 layout, meaning every passenger will have direct aisle access and privacy from neighbouring seats. Each seat will be upholstered in high-quality leather and convert into easily foldable beds, guaranteeing maximum rest for each passenger.
A stylish, modern cabin design will reflect the quality of services and products that can be enjoyed on board the new aircraft, including a cutting-edge audio-visual entertainment system accessed via personal 17-inch touch screens, free wifi and a new Amenity Kit designed to help keep passengers refreshed on board.
Business class passengers will also be able to enjoy healthy meals and cutting-edge cuisine prepared by prestigious Spanish chef, Martín Berasategui: the new healthy menus use organic products with top quality ingredients and superfoods such as quinoa, amaranth and goji berries. Air Europa leads the way in offering an expertly crafted menus consisting of special meals that are free of the 14 main ingredients that can pose a risk to people who suffer from food allergies or intolerances.
Access to VIP rooms, priority boarding and security access, and increased bonus miles through the Air Europa SUMA loyalty programme are also available to Business Class passengers.
Colin Stewart, UK and Ireland Director of Air Europa, said: “with growing interest in travel to South America, amongst both business and leisure travellers, we’re delighted to launch this new product. Our high-quality business class offering is the perfect accompaniment to our modern fleet of Dreamliner aircraft, providing premium comfort and experience to Air Europa’s passengers.”
The new business class cabin, stylishly inspired by Air Europa’s colours and logo, will be introduced on three new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft joining the airline’s fleet in the final quarter of 2019. The redesign will take the number of business class seats offered by Air Europa from 30 to 32 and will be rolled out over the next few years on twelve further B787-9 aircraft joining the fleet.
The new aircraft has allowed Air Europa to increase its expansion into Latin America and beyond, serving new destinations at a high level of comfort and passenger experience. Last June, the cities of Panama and Medellin were added to Air Europa’s growing network of Dreamliner Destinations, and a new route to Iguazu was also launched in August 2019. The introduction of Panama, Medellin and Iguazu takes the number of Latin American destinations to 21 across 14 countries.
The new Dreamliner aircraft comes with 30 per cent larger windows, which allow for adjustable brightness and a more pleasant flight. In addition, the Dreamliner’s lower cabin pressure helps the body absorb eight per cent more oxygen, reducing headaches, sickness and tiredness, while the filter system purifies 100 per cent of the air, eliminating bacteria and odours and reducing dryness with increased humidity. The B787 also boasts exceptional environmental performance, with a 20 per cent reduction in both fuel consumption and emissions and a 60 per cent reduction in noise. It is manufactured with 50 per cent compound materials, making it lighter. With its arrival, Air Europa has reached a new landmark and confirmed its position as an airline with one of the youngest, most efficient and most modern fleets in the sector.