Avianca (AVHOQ) has announced that the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner will be its sole widebody passenger aircraft for long-haul flights.
The airline’s chief financial officer, Rohit Philip, indicated that the Colombian flag carrier will need to streamline its fleet in order to serve the airline’s network and capacity needs.
During the industry recovery period, the Bogota-based airline believes that flying long-haul flights between South America and Europe with a single type fleet will help the firm enhance efficiency and profitability while also reducing its environmental footprint.
The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, according to an Avianca (AVHOQ) announcement dated October 21, 2021, is the greatest option for the airline to follow its capacity enlargement and sustainability plan.
In the statement, Philip states: “One of Avianca’s (AVHOQ) strategic objectives is simplifying its fleet while increasing efficiency; selecting the 787-8 as the airline’s single aircraft type for long-haul flights is an important step towards this goal.”
He continues: “We are proud to be able to confirm that we will continue to fly the Dreamliner, an exceptional aircraft that given its capabilities, features, efficiency, and comfort is the best solution for our company and our customers. We expect to retain our lie-flat business class seats, targeting our loyal business customers, while redesigning the rest of the cabin with latest-generation seats over the next 18 months.”
The fuel-efficient 787-8 Dreamliner, according to Avianca (AVHOQ), will dramatically lower the carrier’s environmental imprint and slash long-haul fuel expenditures by roughly 20%.
Meanwhile, Avianca (AVHOQ) plans to enhance freight payload and passenger seating capacity to fulfill post-pandemic demand for foreign flights.
The airline also believes that improved cabin pressure levels and other novel technology would improve the customer experience on international flights because the jet is one of the most technologically advanced aircraft available on the market today.
“We would like to thank Avianca (AVHOQ) for their ongoing commitment to the 787 Dreamliner. The aircraft, and its leading economic and environmental performance, will serve Avianca (AVHOQ) well as they grow during the market recovery ahead,” vice president of Boeing sales Ricardo Cavero said, as he reacted to Avianca’s (AVHOQ) strategic decision.
The carrier has yet to define how its decision will affect its current fleet, despite the fact that it has chosen the type for an international operations-focused fleet.
Avianca (AVHOQ) currently has a fleet of 145 planes, 14 of which are Boeing Family passenger jets, including 13 787-8 Dreamliners and alone 787-9 widebody planes.