Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines has just received its first 787-9 Dreamliner. This is the first widebody commercial jet operated by a privately-held Chinese airline and marks their plans to become a long haul regional carrier. On May 23rd, 2017 Juneyao Airlines became the first Star Alliance Connecting Partner which means they’re a regional partner to Star Alliance’s larger airlines. However they have big plans.
“This delivery is our airline’s biggest milestone and marks a big step toward expanding our network in China and beyond,” said Wang Junjin, Chairman, Juneyao Airlines. Juneyao Airlines, offers flights from Shanghai to more than 50 cities across China. In introducing the long-range 787 Dreamliner, the carrier is looking to expand its international network and increase flights to Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea.
The 787-9 is part of a family of three widebody aircraft that offer long ranges and unmatched fuel efficiency in the 200 to 350 seat market. The 787-9 can carry 290 passengers and fly up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km), while reducing fuel use and emissions by 20 to 25 percent compared to older airplanes. Passengers will appreciate a more comfortable flight thanks to the Dreamliner’s large windows, lower cabin altitude, smooth-ride technology, and other amenities.
“We are delighted to welcome Juneyao to the growing 787 Dreamliner family. We are confident that the Dreamliner’s fuel efficiency, range and passenger-pleasing features will power the next stage of Juneyao Airlines’ expansion,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing at The Boeing Company. “This delivery marks the first of 10 787-9 Dreamliners for Juneyao and their emergence as an international carrier.” The addition of a widebody aircraft will open new opportunities for the airline and travelers in Asia.