Air China and Boeing officially unveiled the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner to the public at a grand ceremony in Beijing on May 25, 2016. The national flag carrier is the first airline in the country to have a 787-9 enter into service.
The pictured B-7877 (msn 34305) was officially handed over to the carrier on May 19, 2016 at the North Charleston, SC (CHS) facility.
This is the first of 15 Dreamliners set to join Air China’s fleet.
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 285 nautical miles (830 km) with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes.
Air China, headquartered in Beijing, is a leading provider of passenger and cargo services in China with scheduled flight routes connecting 174 cities in 40 countries and regions. Air China will use its 787-9s to ride on the wave of fast growing international passenger traffic by expanding its international network through nonstop point-to-point services.
According to Airline Route, the carrier will introduce the new type (today) on a single Beijing (Capital) – Chengdu flight followed by regular service on the Beijing (Capital) – Shanghai (Hongqiao) starting tomorrow (May 27). Beijing – Guangzhou will follow on July 1, 2016.
Internationally the new type will be introduced on the Beijing – Frankfurt route starting on July 15, 2016.