Neos on December 12, 2017 took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Named “Spirit of Italy”, the pictured Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner EI-NEO (msn 38785), arrived at the Milan (Malpensa) base the following day in the the new corporate livery. The aircraft performed a low fly-by before landing (below).
EI-NEO is leased from AerCap and is the first of three to be delivered with the second due in June, 2018 and the third in October 2018. The new Dreamliners will replace the older Boeing 767-300 ERs.
The airline is planning to operate the new type to Cancun, Freeport, La Romana, Male, Mombasa, Nossy-Be and Zanzibar.
On December 18, 2017 Boeing issued this statement:
Boeing, Neos and AerCap celebrated the delivery of the leisure carrier’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Neos is leasing the 787-9 through an agreement with AerCap and becomes the first Italian operator of the airplane.
Neos becomes the 45th carrier to operate the 787 Dreamliner. AerCap, the world’s largest Dreamliner customer, plans to deliver two additional 787s to Neos by next year.
Italian industry, through Leonardo, is responsible for producing 14 percent of the 787’s airframe structure, including the two-piece center fuselage section, along with the airplane’s horizontal stabilizer.
Founded in 2001, Neos caters to Italy’s leisure market providing flights to destinations across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, China, and the Mediterranean. Neos is part of Alpitour World, the leading integrated leisure concern in Italy operating, apart from aviation, in tour operating, hotel management, destination management services and distribution. Neos is an all-Boeing carrier operating Next-Generation 737s, 767s and now the 787. It announced earlier this year that along with 787s, it also intends to lease Boeing’s latest single-aisle offering, the 737 MAX, from 2019.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by Neos/Michela Celi): Neos Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner EI-NEO (msn 38785) PAE (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940147.