Hainan Airlines has become the second airline in mainland China to take delivery of the Dreamliner, after China Southern Airlines received its first B787 last month.
“Today is a great day for Hainan Airlines as the most technologically advanced and fuel-efficient airplane in the world joins our fleet,” said Mu Weigang, vice chairman of Hainan Airlines.
The 787 will allow the carrier to open new routes between Beijing and North America and offer its unique “eastern-style” five-star in-flight experience for worldwide passengers, he added.
The B787 Dreamliner will come with 213 seats in two classes. The economy cabin will come with 177 seats in a 3-3-3 layout, while the economy cabin will have 36 flat-bed seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. All seats will have USB ports, power outlets and in-flight entertainment.
Hainan Airlines will first operate the new craft on the domestic route from Beijing and Haikou before deploying it on the Beijing-Chicago, Beijing-Toronto and Beijing-Seattle routes.
Hainan Airlines becomes the 13th global carrier to receive a B787.