The China Southern Airlines will be receiving eight Dream liners, becoming the first airline in the country to use the Boeing 787 plane after the local aviation regulator gave the approvals for the aircraft.
The Guangzhou-based carrier will be taking delivery of up to eight B787-8s this year, with the first one expected by early next month.
Air China, the country’s leading carrier, and its subsidiary Shenzhen Airlines yesterday signed a deal to buy a total of 100 Airbus and 320-series planes for $8.85 billion.
The delivery of Dream liner was much-delayed due to incidents stemming from the over-heating of the aircraft’s lithium battery.
All the 50 787s delivered worldwide were pulled out from the operations and the aircraft’s production was suspended.
The South China Morning Post reported today, “We will be deploying the Dream liner on the Beijing-Guangzhou route for a soft launch before expanding to other Cheap domestic Flights destinations”.
The carrier will be putting the wide-bodied airliner on international services for three months after plying on the mainland routes.
China Southern has ordered 10 jets, as was done by its smaller counterpart Hainan Airlines.
It is understood that Hainan Air will be taking delivery of the first 787 in the middle of the next month, with plans for three more by the year end.
Cheap Airfare offers Air China, which has ordered for 15 of the aircrafts, will not be taking delivery of the first plane until 2016.
Boeing has resumed the deliveries of the 787 this month after the United States federal aviation administration cleared the plane’s return to commercial service on April 19, three months after it was grounded.