Everett - Shanghai Airlines has received the first of three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners ordered. Airline's new 787-9s will replace the last three Boeing 767-300ER in the fleet of China Eastern subsidiary. The first Dreamliner becomes the 100th device at the same time for Shanghai Airlines.

Chinese carrier's new Dreamliner registered B-1111 uniquely to accommodate 285 passengers - 4 in First Class, 26 in Business Class, 28 in Premium Economy and 227 in Economy Class.

The number 100 has been added to the hull, to emphasize how large the fleet of Shanghai Airlines is now. The airline wants to use its 787-9s mainly on popular domestic routes such as Shanghai-Chengdu and Shanghai-Beijing, as well as on regional routes to Japan and South Korea.

Boeing's 787-9 offers up to 25 percent better fuel efficiency per seat and lower CO2 and noise emissions than the airline's current 767-300ERs it replaces.

We are so excited to receive the delivery of the very first Dreamliner for Shanghai Airlines, as well as China Eastern Group,
said Li Yangmin, vice president of China Eastern Group.

More than 60 Dreamliners are currently in service across China, which have flown more than 22 million passengers on more than 75 unique routes since 2013, Boeing said.

Shanghai Airlines has been a loyal customer of Boeing for years and operates with 90 Boeing 737 on its regional network.

China is an important market for aircraft manufacturers. Boeing predicts that the country will need 7,690 new aircraft by 2037.