Today, Boeing and Hainan Airlines celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first stretched Dreamliner, the 787-9. Hainan Airlines is now China’s first operator of both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family.
The airplane, and the 15 additional orders Hainan have, are lessed through an agreement with Air Lease Corporation (ALC). This is ALC’s first 787-9.
“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.”
Hainan Airlines is China’s largest privately owned airline and also the largest 787 operator in the country. With 10 Dreamliners currently is service, the fleer will grow to 40 total Dreamliners in the coming years. Hainan plans to deploy the Dreamliner on their new route from Beijing to Las Vegas, which starts in September.
“We are honored to celebrate this milestone delivery with both ALC and Hainan Airlines,” said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior vice president of Northeast 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.”