Boeing delivers 1st widebody to private Chinese airline
On October 19, 2018, Boeing delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner for Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines, claiming it to be the first “widebody commercial jet operated by a privately-held Chinese airline”.
Image: Juneyao Airlines
By introducing the long-range 787 Dreamliner, the carrier is looking to expand its international network and increase flights to Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea, according to a statement by Boeing. The Juneyao Airlines, however, has previously stated that the aircraft is first going to be employed on domestic routes between Shanghai and Shenzhen, Sanya, Chengdu and Chongqing, before the launch of international flights, expected in 2019.
In September 2018, the carrier announced what was then an upcoming 787 Dreamliner delivery, explaining the branding theme. The aircraft features livery of a flower called Chinese Peony, as a symbol of good fortune. “As China's national flower, the peony stands for elegance, wealth and magnificence”, the airline statement reads.
Meanwhile, the livery of following three Dreamliners will feature Chinese red silk ribbons, as an expression of commitment – or as Juneyao puts in “representing its contribution” - to the One Belt, One Road initiative. One Belt, One Road Initiative is Chinese government development strategy, involving infrastructure development and investments in Europe, Asia and Africa.
The 787-9 is part of a family of three long-range airplanes in the 200 to 350 seat market. The 787-9 can carry 290 passengers and fly up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km).
Juneyao Airlines, previously an all-Airbus operator, mainly offers flights from Shanghai to more than 50 cities across China.
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