Boeing has delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner for Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines.
The new Dreamliner will also be the first widebody commercial jet operated by a privately-held Chinese airline.
“This delivery is our airline’s biggest milestone and marks a big step toward expanding our network in China and beyond,” said Wang Junjin, chairman, Juneyao Airlines.
“As the market-leading widebody model, the 787-9 Dreamliner will play a key role in our global business growth.”
Juneyao Airlines, previously an all-Airbus operator, mainly offers flights from Shanghai to more than 50 cities across China.
In introducing the long-range 787 Dreamliner, the carrier is looking to expand its international network and increase flights to south-east Asia, Japan and Korea.
The 787-9 is part of a family of three airplanes that offer long ranges and unmatched fuel efficiency in the 200 to 350 seat market.
The 787-9 can carry 290 passengers and fly up to 7,635 nautical miles, while reducing fuel use and emissions by 20 to 25 per cent compared to older airplanes.
“We are delighted to welcome Juneyao to the growing 787 Dreamliner family.
“We are confident that the Dreamliner’s fuel efficiency, range and passenger-pleasing features will power the next stage of Juneyao Airlines’ expansion,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of commercial sales at Boeing.
“This delivery marks the first of ten 787-9 Dreamliners for Juneyao and their emergence as an international carrier.”