Seattle - China Southern Airlines has taken possession of the first of 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ordered.

On May 2, Boeing published the departure images of the first 787-9 destined for China Southern Airlines. The plane is configured to accommodate 28 passengers in Business Class and 269 in Economy.

The new 787-9 will be deployed from its base in Guangzhou-Baiyun to Wuhan and San Francisco airports in June, then to Vancouver from July 1st.

However, It won't be used yet on the recently announced two new European routes, between Wuhan and London-Heathrow from May 30 and between Guangzhou and Rome-Fiumicino from July 12. London route will be served by an A330-200 and Rome with a 787-8.

The SkyTeam alliance company will receive 309 new aircraft over the next three years, including all subsidiaries, nearly half of which should arrive in 2018.