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PICTURE: China Southern takes delivery of first 787-9

China Southern Airlines' first Boeing 787-9 has been delivered to its Guangzhou headquarters, joining a fleet of 10 787-8s.

The aircraft is configured with 28 business and 269 economy class seats, and features on-board connectivity that will be available to all passengers. The airline says that it will operate the aircraft on long-haul routes.

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China Southern Airlines/Zeng Jianshe

All of the SkyTeam carrier’s 787s are powered by General Electric GEnx-1B engines.

China Southern has a further 19 787-9s on order, which are coming from a mix of direct orders and via lessors AerCap and Air Lease. Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that deliveries of those jets are scheduled out to 2020.

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