Fujian province’s first Boeing 787 is set to make its maiden flight on Aug 1, according to Xiamen Airlines, the aircraft’s owner.
The first route of the aircraft, which will be introduced to Fuzhou in July, will likely be from Fuzhou to Beijing, not Taipei, said the company, adding that the longer distance is more suitable for wide-body jets like Boeing 787.
The airline also said the aircraft will fly direct international routes from Fuzhou to North America in the future.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Its variants seat 210 to 335 passengers. Boeing states that it is the company's most fuel-efficient airliner and the world's first major airliner to use composite materials as the primary material in the construction of its airframe. The 787 has been designed to be 20% more fuel efficient than the 767 it is to replace.
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