Moscow: Russia's S7 Airlines, formerly Sibir Airlines, has signed a deal with Boeing Co for the purchase of 15 787 Dreamliner aircraft, at list prices of $2.4 billion, with an option for another ten.
S7, currently Russia's second-largest carrier after Aeroflot, is modernizing its fleet and is planning to replace nine outdated wide-body Il-86 aircraft with more fuel-efficient and silent Boeing models.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a wide-body, twin-engined aircraft scheduled to enter service in May 2008.
S7 Airlines has about 60 long haul aircraft, including Airbus À319s and A310s, Boeing 737s, Tu-154Ìs and Ilyushin Il-86s. In 2006, the airline logged over 40,000 flights and carried 4.9 million passengers.