China Eastern Airlines Orders 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners
Boeing and China Eastern Airlines announced a firm order for 15 787-9 Dreamliners Thursday. The order is valued at $4 billion at list prices.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the second member of the Dreamliner family to be produced. Similar to the 787-8, the lengthened variant of the high-tech jet uses 20% less fuel and produces 20% less emissions than similar-sized airplanes.
Compared to the original, the 787-9 is 20’ (six meters) longer, has greater capacity, and has a range of 8,300 nautical miles (15,372 kilometers), while the 787-8 is limited to 7,850 nautical miles (14,500 kilometers).
“We are very happy to introduce the new 787 Dreamliners into our long-haul fleet,” said Liu Shaoyong, the airline’s chairman, adding that the high-tech planes will play a key role in supporting the carrier’s plans for international expansion.
The Shanghai-based airline said it plans to operate the new planes on routes linking China with North America and with Europe. This may include existing routes from Shanghai to Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto.
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