ANALYSIS: Asian carriers continue to dominate global 787 fleet

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Boeing has delivered 18 Boeing 787-8 aircraft since the beginning of May, with Asia and Europe dominating the recipients list.

According to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database, Asia Pacific carriers have received nine 787s since the beginning of May, followed by European carriers with eight. The only carrier outside the two regions to have received the type since May is Qatar Airways, which received a single GEnx-powered 787 on 14 June.

The biggest recipients of the type were All Nippon Airways (ANA) and UK carrier Thomson Airways, which received three examples each.

Deliveries for the rest of 2013 will tilt in favour of Asian carriers, which will account for 60% of the 48 787s that will be delivered from 23 July to 31 December 2013.

Of the world's entire operational fleet of 67 787s, Asia Pacific carriers operate 39 examples, or 58% of the global fleet. European carriers are a distant second, operating 10 787s, or 15% of the global fleet.

As deliveries of the new type increase, Asian carriers have been quick to announce route changes. Hainan Airlines plans to operate its 787s to pioneer the Beijing-Boston route from April 2014.

Air India will commence the only direct services between India and Australia starting 29 August, with daily services from New Delhi to Sydney and Melbourne. At present, Indian passengers, who seek to fly to Australia, need to fly through a hub such as Singapore.

In addition, the type's primary operator, ANA, will use the type on flights from Tokyo Narita to Munich, Seattle, and Singapore from September.

The 787s will replace Boeing 777-300ERs used on the daily services to Munich and Seattle, and the Boeing 767-300ER used on one of the two daily services to Singapore.