The Civil Aviation Administration of China has issued type certification to the Boeing 787-8, paving the way for the type's service entry into the Chinese market.
Flightglobal Pro had, on 22 May, reported that China Southern Airlines is expecting to take delivery of its first -8 around end-May or early June.
The Chinese aviation regulator was apparently following the 787 lithium-ion battery situation closely, before granting the type certification on 23 May.
Chinese carriers have a total of 35 787s on order, including 15 -9s from Air China and 10 -8s each from China Southern and Hainan Airlines.
China Southern is likely to receive half of its 10 -8s on order within the year and these will first be used on domestic services, likely from its base in Guangzhou to major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, before they are being deployed on international routes.
Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows that Hainan Airlines will be the second Chinese operator of the type and is scheduled to take its first -8 in June, and a total of seven by year-end.