Air China took delivery of its maiden B787-9 B-7877 on Friday, May 20. The aircraft, the first of fifteen on order from Boeing, will be joined by a further six airframes this year with the remainder to be delivered through to 2018.
Air China has configured its 787-9s with thirty seats in Business Class, thirty-four in Premium Economy, and 229 in Economy.
B-7877 is expected to make its commercial debut on May 26 with Beijing Capital-Chengdu return flights following which it will be used on services to Guangzhou and Shanghai Pudong. Initial longhaul operations to Frankfurt Intl and Rome Fiumicino are expected to begin in July and August respectively.