Boeing, Hainan Airlines celebrate delivery of 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Hainan Airlines have celebrated the delivery of the carrier´s first 787-9 Dreamliner, making Hainan China´s first operator of both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family, the company said.

Hainan Airlines, a privately owned airline in China, leased the airplane through an agreement with Air Lease Corporation (ALC). The delivery is also the first 787-9 Dreamliner to ALC, which has 15 additional 787-9s on order.

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 280 nautical miles (520 kilometers) with the same environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.

Hainan Airlines is headquartered in Haikou. Boeing airplanes make up more than 85 percent of Hainan´s current fleet, which serves 500 domestic and international routes.