Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing
787 Dreamliner Monday, the first of 10 on order which it plans on using to increase its volume of international long-haul flights.
(Hainan Airlines' Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives in China. Photo, courtesy of Hainan Airlines.
Initially, Hainan will use its first two 787s on domestic routes between Beijing, Haikou and Shanghai. This fall, the aircraft will be used for long-haul routes to North American cities, including Chicago, Seattle and Toronto.
Boeing plans on delivering three additional 787s to Hainan this year, with the second delivery scheduled for August.
Liu Lu, president of Hainan Airlines, said the 787 is the key to "transforming Hainan into an international tourism destination."
Hainan is the second Chinese airline to take delivery of the Boeing 787.
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