Air China has taken delivery of its first ever Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
The new long-haul jet was officially handed over to the airline in a ceremony in Beijing last week. Air China becomes the fourth Chinese airline to operate the Dreamliner, but the first to receive the larger B787-9 version.
“The 787-9 Dreamliner employs a multitude of cutting-edge technologies best represented by its electronic handling system and wide application of composite materials,” said Captain Wang Yingnian, chief pilot of Air China. “As such, it enjoys clear advantages such as low fuel consumption, low emission and lower noise, which are highly aligned with the green flying idea that Air China has long been an advocate of.
“We believe the 787-9 will become the backbone of Air China’s international long-haul routes and will play an important role in supporting Air China’s international development strategy,” he added.
In total, Air China has ordered 15 B787-9s. The twin-aisle aircraft will be able to seat 293 passengers – 30 in business class, 34 in premium economy and 229 in economy.
The new aircraft will be deployed on the airline’s long-haul routes to North America, Europe and Oceania, allowing it to expand its “non-stop point-to-point services”.