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PICTURE: Hainan Airlines takes first 787-9

Air Lease Corporation has placed its first Boeing 787-9 with Hainan Airlines.

The GE Aviation GEnx-1b-powered aircraft is Hainan’s first -9, and also makes it the first Chinese carrier to operate both variants of the 787.

The Haikou-based carrier will deploy the aircraft on its new route between Beijing and Las Vegas in September.

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“The 787-9’s super efficiency, capability and in-flight experience will accelerate our market position internationally,” says Hainan Airlines vice chairman Mou Weigang.

Hainan Airlines, which has 10 -8s in service, tells Flightglobal it has an order for 30 -9s with Boeing, and that it also plans to take more of the larger aircraft from lessors.

Air Lease has an additional 15 -9s on order.

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