The No. 4 U.S. airline is the largest U.S. buyer of Boeing's
Continental, which previously ordered 20 787-8s, said it would buy five of the larger 787-9 models and would convert 12 of the original order for 787-8s into 787-9s. That means Continental now has on order 17 787-9s and eight 787-8s.
The 787-8 version is designed to carry 210 to 250 passengers on routes of 7,650 to 8,200 nautical miles. The larger, more expensive 787-9 can take 250 to 290 passengers on routes of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles.
Both planes are capable of servicing growing routes between the United States, Asia and Europe, such as Tokyo to Chicago, or Los Angeles to Paris, promising significant fuel savings due to its lower weight.
The plane has been a hit with airlines around the world, racking up 464 orders as of last week, after launching in 2004.
Earlier on Monday, Boeing said it had signed an agreement to sell 12 787s to Kuwait's Aviation Lease and Finance