Xiamen Airlines to take delivery of its first Boeing 787 in July 2014

Updated: 27 May 2013
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Photo: a computerized design of Xiamen Airlines' 787 Dreamliner
Xiamen Airlines will take delivery of its first of six Boeing 787 aircraft in July 2014 on schedule, the airline said on Saturday.

In order to ensure the smooth operation of the aircraft upon delivery, Xiamen Airlines has recently established a Boeing 787 work team tasked with preparation work, which involves training, maintenance, marketing, and the providing of information, said the company.

Determined to expand its international market, Xiamen Airlines will introduce 6 Boeing 787 aircraft altogether incrementally throughout 2014 and 2015, according to its plan for the twelfth five-year period (2011-2015).

In the past two years, Xiamen Airlines has made heavy investments in the Boeing 787 project and finally nailed down the time of delivery, the configuration of seats and the selection of engines.

"The introduction of the Boeing 787 to the fleet is not only a celebration of Xiamen Airlines’ 30th anniversary, but also an important step towards its transition from a regional airline to an international one", said Xiamen Airlines GM Che Shanglun.

The company will use the Boeing 787 aircraft to fly international routes to Europe and America from its two bases in Fujian province: Xiamen and Fuzhou.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China approved the aircraft's airworthiness certificate on Thursday. The Dreamliner was plagued by battery problems earlier this year, which saw several of them grounded due to overheating and fires, but Boeing said they have re-designed and changed the lithium batteries to ensure their safety.

China Southern Airlines will be the first mainland carrier to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner early next month. The company said it will use the plane on the Beijing-Guangzhou route for a soft launch before expanding to other domestic destinations. 
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