Boeing booked the order from Palma de Mallorca-based Air Europa in December 2014, but it was previously attributed to an unidentified customer.
“The first Dreamliners will start to arrive in 2016, this will allow us to grow both the number of flights and destinations we will operate to by around 50%,” Juan José Hidalgo, president of Air Europa parent company Globalia, said at a press conference in Madrid.
He added that Air Europa selected the 787 based on its efficiency, speed, low noise footprint and comfort.
“We look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with Air Europa as it continues its transition to an all-Boeing fleet,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes deputy VP-European Sales Ricardo Cavero said.
Air Europa, which has a hub at Madrid Barajas, serves more than 40 destinations in Europe and the Americas. Throughout its history, Air Europa has operated 737s, 757s and 767s and currently has a combination of 30 737-800s and 787s on order from Boeing.