New Airplane Pays Its First Visit To Mainland China, Landing In
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrived Sunday at the Beijing Capital
International Airport, making its debut in mainland China, one of
the world's fastest-growing aviation and travel markets. It also
marks the start of a six-month worldwide Dream Tour with the
all-new jet. The airplane will be in China Dec. 4 through 11, with
stops in Beijing, Guangzhou and Haikou, where Chinese customers,
partners, government officials and media will experience the
revolutionary technology and passenger innovation
"Chinese airlines including Air China, China Southern, Hainan
Airlines and Xiamen Airlines have been instrumental in bringing
this game-changing airplane to the market," said Ihssane Mounir,
senior vice president of Sales & Marketing for greater China
and Korea, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We thank them for their
initial commitment to the first new airplane of the 21st
The airplane, ZA003, was originally used for flight testing but
has been elegantly refurbished to showcase the standard
capabilities and features of the 787.
"I'm extremely impressed with what I saw including the spacious
cabin, largest-ever windows, larger overhead bins, and the dynamic
LED lighting," said Fan Cheng, senior vice president of Air China.
"I believe the Dreamliner will enable Air China to offer a superior
passenger experience and I look forward to its important role in
Air China's plans for international expansion."
"This great day demonstrates our partnership with China in
pursuing aviation excellence," said Marc Allen, Boeing China
president. "Chengfei, Hafei and Shenfei -- as exclusive and
single-source Boeing suppliers -- have made a great contribution to
the success of the 787 program, producing the rudder, wing-to-body
fairing, and vertical fin leading edge. We want to thank them for
their role in making today possible."