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Air China Takes Delivery of First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

2016 05 18

Air China today officially took delivery of the nation's first 787-9 Dreamliner at Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston.

The Dreamliner, Registration B-7877, will arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport on May 20, followed by its inaugural flight to Chengdu on May 26.

After that the flag carrier will fly the Dreamliner to Shanghai and Guangzhou before serving long-haul routes to Frankfurt and Rome.

The 787-9 is configured with 293 seats in a three-class layout - 30 lie-flat seats in Business Class (2-2-2) in rows of 11-15, 34 seats in Premium Economy Class, arranged 3-3-3 from rows 31 through 34, and 229 Economy seats also stacked 3-3-3 from rows 35 through 61.

Air China placed its order for 15 787-8s in 2005 before changing the order to 15 787-9s in 2010 due to long-delayed delivery. The flag carrier is scheduled to take delivery of seven 787-9s in 2016, with the rest pending delivery by 2018.

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