Air China has officially unveiled its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to the public at a ceremony in Beijing on May 25.
The national flag carrier is the first airline in China to have a 787-9 enter into service.
“The 787-9 Dreamliner employs a multitude of cutting-edge technologies best represented by its electronic handling system and wide application of composite materials,” says Capt Wang Yingnian, chief pilot of Air China.
“As such, it enjoys clear advantages such as low fuel consumption, low emission and lower noise, which are highly aligned with the green flying idea that Air China has long been an advocate of,” adds Wang.
The aircraft is the first of 15 Boeing 787-9s set to join Air China’s fleet.
“We believe the 787-9 will become the backbone of Air China’s international long-haul routes and will play an important role in supporting Air China’s international development strategy,” adds Capt Wang.
Air China, headquartered in Beijing, operates scheduled flights on routes connecting 174 cities in 40 countries and regions.
The carrier will use its 787-9s to expand its international network through non-stop point-to-point services, according to Boeing