Shanghai - Juneyao Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9. Chinese carrier plans to launch intercontinental flights with its new Dreamliner.

On October 15, the Shanghai-based airline took possession of its first of the five 787-9 on order. The aircraft is configured to accommodate 19 passengers in Business Class. The number of seats for the Economy class is not revealed yet. The Recaro XL3710 seats in the economy cabin are equipped with 12-inch IFE (in-flight entertainment) screens and USB sockets. The onboard high-speed internet connection is also provided.

Juneyao Airlines plans to deploy its first 787-9 initially on domestic routes before launching the first intercontinental routes of the operator in 2019. Shanghai Juneyao group so far has not yet detailed the upcoming lines, but Australia, the United States, and Europe having been mentioned when the carrier confirmed the order in February 2017.

The company is a Connecting Partner of Star Alliance, a model that allows low-cost and hybrid regional airlines to connect to the network of the alliance without having to become a full member.

Juneyao operates a fleet of 41 Airbus A320-200 and 27 A321-200. It flies to 76 destinations in eight countries and regions via Shanghai, such as Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea. Last year the airline transported more than 17 million passengers.