The Boeing Company and Hainan Airlines celebrated the delivery of the
airline's first 787 Dreamliner on Thursday. The delivery is the first
of 10 787s for Hainan Airlines.
787 will allow Hainan Airlines to open new routes from Beijing to
North America,” said Mu Weigang, vice chairman of Hainan Airlines.
Airlines will first operate the Dreamliner on a domestic route from
Beijing to Haikou. Thereafter, the airline will deploy the 787 on its
North America routes, increasing the frequency of its
Beijing-Seattle, Beijing-Toronto and Beijing-Chicago services, with
several new destinations. “I'm
sure the 787's game-changing efficiency and flexibility will support
Hainan Airlines to increase its competitive position in the global
aviation marketplace,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president
of Northeast Asia Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Hainan Airlines 787 Dreamliner interior consists of 36 full, flat-bed
business seats configured in rows of 2-2-2, as well as 177 economy
seats configured in rows of 3-3-3. As
one of only seven airlines rated as five-star by Skytrax, Hainan
Airlines is the fourth largest airline in terms of fleet size in the
People's Republic of China. Its current fleet includes 106 Boeing
airplanes. The airline serves scheduled domestic and international
services on 500 routes from Beijing, Haikou and other operating base
on the mainland, and provides charter services.