Boeing Delivers the 787th Boeing 787 to China Southern

Dec 16, 2018

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Boeing hit an extraordinary milestone this past Thursday as the aircraft manufacturer delivered the company’s 787th Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Lucky number 787 was delivered to commercial aircraft lessor AerCap and will fly for China Southern Airlines, based in Guangzhou, China. The Boeing 787 is a -9 variant with room for up to 276 in the configuration used by China Southern.

The Boeing 787 was first envisioned by the company in the early 00s as a replacement for aging, mid-sized widebody aircraft like the Boeing 767. The Boeing 787, nicknamed the Dreamliner, was a revolutionary aircraft at the time of its first flight, ushering in the use of new carbon composite materials and featuring new advanced flight systems.

The Boeing 787 was first delivered in 2009 to All Nippon Airways of Japan. The Dreamliner would soon earn a reputation as a problematic and expensive aircraft after a series of program delays and incidents, including the aircraft’s infamous lithium-ion battery fires. While the 787 certainly had a rough first few years in service, the aircraft has since transformed the widebody market and is among one of the best selling widebody aircraft today.

Now, Boeing is able to produce up to 12 Boeing 787s per month, primarily at its Charleston, SC, facility. In 2019, Boeing hopes to ramp up production to 14 Boeing 787s per month. With 787 completed deliveries, Boeing must still fulfill more than 700 orders for the popular widebody aircraft. China Southern Airlines has an additional 12 Boeing 787-9 aircraft on order and expects to take delivery of these aircraft through 2020.

The Boeing 787 has enabled China Southern Airlines to expand its route network to new destinations across the globe, including smaller markets in Europe, North America and Oceania. The Chinese airline offers four configurations aboard the airline’s fleet of Boeing 787s and is one of the only airlines to offer a first class cabin aboard the 787.

China Southern Airlines Airbus a330 Business Class (Image Courtesy of China Southern Airlines)
China Southern Airlines Airbus a330 Business Class (Image Courtesy of China Southern Airlines)

In a press release, Boeing’s CEO noted the significant event stating, “Reaching this milestone delivery is a testament to our amazing Boeing team who build the world’s most capable and reliable airplanes. This delivery also reflects the special capabilities of the 787 Dreamliner. The growing fleet continues to deliver unmatched efficiency, open new routes, and provide an exceptional passenger experience.”

The 787th Boeing 787-9 flying for China Southern Airlines at Everett Field (Image via Boeing)
The 787th Boeing 787-9 flying for China Southern Airlines at Everett Field (Image via Boeing)

The monumental bird features a special livery with “787th Boeing 787” painted across the front of the fuselage. The 787th Dreamliner bears the registration B-1168 and is currently parked at China Southern’s primary base in Guangzhou, China.

Featured image via Boeing

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