North Charleston - Boeing has delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner to Suparna Airlines, the Shanghai-based subsidiary of the HNA Group. The Chinese conglomerate leased the aircraft from GECAS, the aircraft leasing branch of General Electric.
Suparna Airlines plans to deploy its Boeing 787-9 on new routes to destinations in Asia and North America. Nor Boeing, neither HNA Group commented on how many Dreamliners will be delivered to Suparna Airlines over time.
Since its establishment in 2003, the HNA subsidiary had only been engaged in freight operations. From 2015, the airline changed its business model and has started to operate passenger flights either. The airline was previously known as Yangtze River Express and Yangtze River Airlines. It was re-branded as Suparna Airlines in 2017.
The current fleet of the Chinese carrier consists of twenty Boeing 737, eleven of which are used for cargo flights alongside the four Boeing 747-400F. Within the HNA Group, Boeing delivered first Dreamliner to Hainan Airlines in 2016.