China Eastern Airlines takes possession of its first Boeing 787-9
Shanghai - China Eastern Airlines has taken possession of the first of fifteen Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ordered. The airline has placed an order for fifteen Boeing 787-9 in April 2016.
The first Dreamliner joined in the fleet of Chinese carrier on November 1st. The aircraft is configured to accommodate four passengers in Firat Class, 26 in Business Class, 28 in Premium and 227 in Economy, a total of 285 seats.
China Eastern Airlines plans to use its Dreamliner on the Pacific routes to North America from its base Shanghai-Pudong airport, a major market that the airline aims to strengthen its network.
The SkyTeam alliance company currently operates 50 Airbus A330-200 / 300 and 20 Boeing 777-300ER on its long-haul routes.
The Chinese carrier expects to receive its last Airbus A330-300 and two Airbus A350-900 by the end of this year, while its last 767-300 leaves the fleet. In 2019 According to operator's latest financial statement, its fleet will be enriched by five Airbus A350-900 and six Boeing 787-9Dreamliners in 2019.
In two years, China Eastern Airlines will also add two other types of latest generation aircraft to its fleet: the A320neo (70 on order) and the 737 MAX 8 (57 on order). The delivery date of the 20 COMAC C919 expected has not been specified yet.