Boeing and Hainan Airlines have celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first 787-9 Dreamliner.
Hainan becomes China’s first operator of both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family.
Hainan Airlines, the largest privately owned airline in China, leased the airplane through an agreement with Air Lease Corporation.
The delivery is also the first 787-9 Dreamliner to ALC, which has 15 additional 787-9s on order.
“The 787-9 Dreamliner will be a great addition to our long-haul fleet,” said Mou Weingang, vice chairman, Hainan Airlines.
“The 787-9’s super efficiency, capability and in-flight experience will accelerate our market position internationally.”
As the largest 787 operator in China, Hainan Airlines already has ten 787-8s in service and plans to deploy its first 787-9 Dreamliner on a new route from Beijing to Las Vegas beginning in September.
“We are honoured to celebrate this milestone delivery with both ALC and Hainan Airlines,” said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior vice president of north-east Asia Sales.
“The 787-9 will complement Hainan Airlines’ existing 787-8 fleet, enabling the airline to open up new nonstop services for continuous global expansion.”
The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family.
With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly over 40 more passengers an additional 280 nautical miles with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 per cent less fuel use and 20 per cent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.