Boeing deploys additional 717s to Qantas, Volotea

              Boeing deploys additional 717s to Qantas, Volotea

- Australia's QantasLink to receive five aircraft on multi-year lease; Volotea
to add five in 2013

PR Newswire

SEATTLE, June 25, 2013

SEATTLE, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing's (NYSE: BA) workhorse 717
continues to figure prominently in the success of established and new
operators as the manufacturer's leasing unit, Boeing Capital Corp., announced
additional deployments of the modern and fuel-efficient twinjets.

Australia's largest regional airline, QantasLink, will receive an additional
five leased 717s to add to its existing fleet of 13 of the twinjets that
operate across Australia. Those deliveries will begin in late 2013 after the
aircraft are refitted with upgraded interiors to include a full business class
experience and new in-flight entertainment systems. The Qantas Group has
operated the 717s since 2002.

QantasLink Executive Manager John Gissing said the refurbished aircraft will
improve its customer offering and increase the overall level of customer
comfort and satisfaction.

"The new 717s, with the reconfigured cabin including business class and
in-flight entertainment, are perfectly suited to our Sydney-Canberra,
Brisbane-Canberra and Melbourne-Canberra routes," said Gissing."We're
delighted that we can offer this premium product to our customers and we're
looking forward to introducing them into the market later this year."

In Europe, startup carrier, Volotea, will increase its 717 fleet in 2013 to a
total 15 as it continues to develop its business model of offering
point-to-point service to passengers between medium and small-sized European
cities. Volotea began operation in spring 2012 with a network built around the
717 that is supported by a comprehensive Boeing solution for operations and
training.

Volotea recently surpassed the million passenger mark enabled by its operation
from 52 European airports, currently serving 97 city pairs.

"The Boeing 717 is an important element to Volotea strategy," said Carlos
Munoz, Volotea's founder and CEO. "In terms of size, it is the right aircraft
for the medium- and small-sized cities we serve; operationally, it offers top
reliability for our frequent, quick turnaround operations. Most importantly,
our customers have grown to value the levels of comfort the 717 provides."

According to Boeing Capital's managing director for asset management, Thomas
Hansen, 2013 will be a landmark year for the 717, the single-largest model
holding in its fleet.

"Our deployments scheduled for this year will result in all of our 717s doing
what they do best, and that is helping customers to make money thanks to the
airplane's great operating reliability and their 'big-airplane' style
passenger experience," said Hansen.

Hansen added that 2013 will also mark the beginning of a major redeployment of
its 717 currently operated by the former AirTran Airways, now part of
Southwest Airlines, to Delta Airlines under a sub-lease agreement announced in
2012.

There are more than 150 Boeing 717s in service today since the first airplane
was delivered in 1999. The twinjet's technology and fleet performance have
earned it the distinction of being the world's best jetliner serving the
100-passenger airline market.

SOURCE Boeing Capital Corporation

Website: http://www.boeing.com/boeingcapital
Contact: John Kvasnosky, Communications, Boeing Capital Corp., Mobile:
206-898-9528, john.kvasnosky@boeing.com
 
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