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Boeing hands the keys to Hainan Airlines

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Boeing hands the keys to Hainan Airlines Friday.  The delivery is the first of 10 787s for the China based airline company.

"Today is a great day for Hainan Airlines as the most technologically advanced and fuel efficient airplane in the world joins our fleet," said Mu Weigang, vice chairman of Hainan Airlines. "The 787 will allow Hainan Airlines to open new routes from Beijing to North America and provide our unique 'Eastern-style' five-star in-flight experience for global passengers."

Boeing touts the 787 as the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes, enabling airlines to open new, non-stop routes.

According to a Boeing statement, Hainan Airlines will first operate the Dreamliner on a domestic route from Beijing to Haikou. Then expand on its North America routes, increasing travel between Beijing and Seattle, Toronto and Chicago, with several new destinations.

"We are pleased to celebrate another historic moment in our long-term relationship with Hainan Airlines," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Northeast Asia Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We appreciate the confidence Hainan Airlines has shown in Boeing and I'm sure the 787's game-changing efficiency and flexibility will support Hainan Airlines to increase its competitive position in the global aviation marketplace."

The Hainan Airlines 787 Dreamliner interior consists of 36 full, flat-bed business seats configured in rows of 2-2-2, as well as 177 economy seats configured in rows of 3-3-3. Each seat has a 15-inch, touch screen panel and a power outlet. Each business seat also has a USB port

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