China Southern accepts first B787-9
Asia’s largest carrier, China Southern Airlines, has taken delivery of the first of 12 direct order B787-9s. Read More » The Guangzhou-headquartered airline will receive eight more -9s on lease from AerCap and Air Lease Corporation. All 20 -9s are due by 2020.
The Chinese carrier is configuring -9s with 28 business class and 269 economy class seats and has chosen GEnx-1B engines to power the planes.
“The 787 Dreamliners have helped us to achieve initial success in implementing our internationalization strategy in the past few years and enabled us to make our operations and services more appealing to passengers,” said China Southern Airlines CEO, Tan Wangeng. “The additional 787-9s will increase our capacity and services on our long-haul routes.”
China Southern Airlines, China’s launch customer of the B787, flies 10 B787-8s that have launched six non-stop routes from Guangzhou to London, Rome, Vancouver, Perth, Auckland and Christchurch.