Since its first delivery in September 2011, the efficient aircraft type has flown nearly 300 million passengers on more than 1.5 million flights.
Boeing has delivered the 787th 787 Dreamliner to come off its production line, marking what the manufacturer calls “a special milestone for the super-efficient airplane family and the fastest-selling twin-aisle jet in history”.
Since its first delivery in September 2011, the 787 has flown nearly 300 million passengers on more than 1.5 million flights around the world, including more than 210 new nonstop routes made possible by the aircraft type’s “superior fuel efficiency and range”.
The 787th plane was delivered to AerCap, the world’s largest lessor and 787 customer, based in the Netherlands.
Carrying a special logo commemorating this production milestone, the plane will be leased and operated by China Southern Airlines, which continues to expand its long-haul fleet of Dreamliners, including ten 787-8s and eight 787-9s.
“Reaching this milestone delivery is a testament to our amazing Boeing team who build the world’s most capable and reliable airplanes,” said Kevin McAllister, president and chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
China Southern ordered its ten 787-8s in 2005 and further increased its capability on long-haul routes when it placed an order for 787-9s in 2016.
The 787s have enabled it to launch a number of non-stop global routes, connecting Guangzhou to London, Rome, Vancouver, Perth and Christchurch.