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Avianca receives first Boeing Dreamliner

Colombian air carrier Avianca has taken delivery of its first Boeing Dreamliner.

“The addition of the first Boeing 787-8 to Avianca’s fleet is a milestone for commercial aviation and for our airline, which strives to bring the most advanced aviation technology to our passengers,” Avianca president and CEO Fabio Villegas Ramirez said in a statement.

The jet will carry 28 passengers in business class and 222 in economy class. Avianca flies to 24 destinations in Colombia and 98 in South America, North America and Europe.

“Boeing is pleased and honored that Avianca will use the 787 to modernize its fleet and delight its customers,” said Van Rex Gallard, a vice president at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are excited to grow our partnership with Avianca for today’s fleet and for the future.”