Boeing Delivers First Dreamliner to China in Four Years

Boeing Delivers First Dreamliner to China in Four Years
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This week offered a momentous occasion to Boeing as the first direct 787 Dreamliner delivery to China in four years happened, with Juneyao Air being the recipient.

The aircraft in question was B-20EQ, which is one of the -9 variants, which headed over to Shanghai Pudong from the delivery centre in Everett, Washington.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Boeing Delivers First Dreamliner to China in Four Years…

Boeing Delivers First Dreamliner to China in Four Years
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Juneyao Air flight HO6001 departed Everett at 1125 local time on Thursday December 21 and proceeded westbound towards Shanghai, China, where the aircraft landed at 1620 local time the next day.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner delivery represents a significant milestone for the American planemaker following the suspension of deliveries by the CAAC.

Such a freeze on deliveries happened due to the Boeing 737 MAX crisis, which saw two aircraft crash in a short space of time.

The last leased aircraft was delivered to China back in 2021, but no Boeing 787s had been handed over directly by the planemaker since 2019.

It is understood of the 60 787 aircraft that are in the inventory, 12 of them are destined for airlines in China at the moment, as per Channel News Asia.

Such a milestone is reflective of additional clearances being made by the CAAC, which now also includes the handover and delivery of the 737 MAX aircraft.

However, it is understood such deliveries will continue to be approved individually by the China-based regulator.

All eyes will be on how this develops, as relationships between the U.S & China continue to develop.

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