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Dreamliner launches its world tour in China (2)

By Wang Wen (China Daily)

08:43, December 05, 2011

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner, one of the world's largest aircraft, arrives at Beijing Capital International Airport on Sunday to start its global tour. (Xinhua Photo)

He said that Boeing especially designated the three stops of the 787 Dreamliner tour in China, where the 787 Dreamliner's current main customers are based.

"We want them to understand more about the aircraft before they receive it," Allen said.

The 787 Dreamliner is a wide-body aircraft with 200 to 300 seats.

Four Chinese airlines - Air China Ltd, China Southern Airlines Co Ltd, Hainan Airlines Co Ltd and Xiamen Airlines - ordered 41 787 Dreamliners.

The first of these planes will be delivered to China Southern in 2012. Boeing expects to get new orders for 787 Dreamliners in the next 18 months in China, Mounir said.

Air China, which ordered 15 aircraft, will start receiving its planes from the fourth quarter of 2015, Rao Xinyu, secretary of the board of the airline, told China Daily.

Air China's 787 Dreamliners will mainly fly on the North American routes and some European routes, Rao said.

Boeing has received 821 orders for 787 Dreamliners from 57 carriers worldwide, but the company only can produce two and a-half aircraft monthly on average. "We plan to enlarge our production capability to 10 a month by 2013 to meet the huge demand," said Randy Tinseth, vice-president of marketing of Boeing.

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