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PICTURES: Shanghai Airlines takes first 787

Shanghai Airlines, a unit of China Eastern Airlines, has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9, which the carrier intends to deploy on major routes from its Shanghai hub.

The handover from Boeing comes more than two years after China Eastern ordered 15 General Electric GEnx-1B-powered 787-9s.

However, FlightGlobal's Fleets Analyzer shows China Eastern currently holds just 10 787-9 orders. Boeing did not immediately respond to requests to clarify the correct order figures.

Shanghai Airlines' first Boeing 787

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Shanghai will operate 787-9s from Shanghai to places such as Chengdu, Beijing, Japan and Korea, according to Boeing.

"As the carrier's 787 fleet grows, it plans to take advantage of the aircraft's long range and superior fuel efficiency to open new, international routes," Boeing says.

A computer-rendered image of a 787-9 in Shanghai Airlines' colours

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Shanghai Airlines operates a fleet of nearly 100 other aircraft, including five Airbus A330s, 92 737s and one 767-300, Fleets Analyzer shows.

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