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Ruili Airlines Orders Six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

2016 07 12

China's Ruili Airlines and Boeing have finalized an order for six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in Kunming, Yunnan Province.

The deal is valued at about US$1.54 billion at current list prices and paves the way for the airline's international expansion. Deliveries are scheduled starting in 2021.

The Kunming-based carrier signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the purchase of six 787-9 Dreamliners at a ceremony for the airline's two-year anniversary in May 2016.

The 787-9 complements and extends the super-efficient 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 can fly more passengers and more cargo farther yet with the same exceptional environmental performance - 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

Launched in May 2014, Ruili Airlines operates a fleet of nine aircraft on 18 domestic routes with 54 daily departures. The carrier is targeting to expand its fleet to 11 aircraft by the end of this year and plans to operate 80 aircraft by the end of 2025.