Industry Boeing delivers 787th 787 Dreamliner

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Boeing has announced, that it has delivered the 787th Dreamliner to customer China Southern Airlines.

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Since the first delivery back in September 2011, the Dreamliner family has flown with around 300 million passengers on a total of 1.5 million worldwide flights. The 787th Dreamliner to come off the production line marks a special milestone for the manufacturer.

Customer of the 787th 787 is China Southern Airlines. Originally, the aircraft was acquired by AerCap, the world´s largest 787 customer and a well-known company for aircraft leasing.

This week, B-1168 was delivered from Boeing´s facility at Everett to its new home base at Guangzhou. Over the course of the milestone, the aircraft is sporting a special sticker marking the occasion. China Southern Airlines currently operates a 787 fleet of 10 787-8s and eight 787-9s.

"Reaching this milestone delivery is a testament to our amazing Boeing team who build the world's most capable and reliable airplanes," said Kevin McAllister, president & chief executive officer for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This delivery also reflects the special capabilities of the 787 Dreamliner. The growing fleet continues to deliver unmatched efficiency, open new routes, and provide an exceptional passenger experience."

China Southern Airlines initially ordered the first 10 787-8 Dreamliners in 2005 and has been one of the launch customers of the aircraft. To increase capacity on long-haul routes, the carrier placed an order for 787-9s back in 2016. In the last years, the carrier opened non-stop routes between Guangzhou and London, Rome, Vancouver, Perth, Auckland and Christchurch. Especially the 787 family helped the carrier to realize such routes.

"As one of the 787 launch customers and the first Chinese airline to operate the 787, we are honored to celebrate this important milestone with China Southern Airlines," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. "We also thank AerCap for their large commitment to the Dreamliner. They continue to be a valued partner and we look forward to celebrating many more milestones with them in the coming years."

AerCap is a global leader in aircraft leasing with nearly 1,500 owned, managed or on order aircraft. The company serves 200 customers in nearly 80 countries. Headquarters are located in Dublin and offices in Shannon, Los Angeles, Singapore, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Seattle and Toulouse.

China Southern Airlines is a Chinese carrier and operates the largest fleet in China by size. Currently, the carrier has a fleet of nearly 600 aircraft, including Airbus A319s, A320s, A320neos, A321s, A321neos, A330s, Boeing B737s, B737 MAX 8s, B777s, B787s and Embraer 190s.

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