Xiamen Airlines details 787 delivery schedule

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Xiamen Airlines has disclosed the delivery schedule of the six Boeing 787-8 aircraft it has on order.

Looking at Boeing's production schedule, the Chinese carrier says it expects to take delivery of its first 787 in July 2014, followed shortly by another in October.

The remaining four aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2015 - one each in February, April, June and September.

Xiamen first placed an order with Boeing for the six aircraft in May 2011, but approval from the Chinese government came only this August. At the Paris Air Show in June, the airline also signed a letter of intent with GE Aviation to purchase GEnx-1B engines for its 787s.

China Southern Airlines became the first Chinese carrier to take delivery of the aircraft type this May. There are now four 787-8s in service in China - three belonging to China Southern and one to Hainan Airlines.

Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows that Chinese carriers have a total of 37 787s on order. This includes seven -8s for China Southern, nine for Hainan, and the six aircraft for Xiamen. Air China also has orders for 15 -9s.