China’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner took off from Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, capital of south China’s Guangdong Province on Friday.
It was the maiden flight of the plane and marked China’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner being put into commercial operation.
The plane took off at 12:35 and landed at Beijing Capital International Airport at 14:56 Friday.
Operated by China Southern Airlines, the 228-seat aircraft will begin with domestic routes first and later start international routes.
Tan Wangeng, president of China Southern Airlines, said the aircraft is expected to consume less fuel and release less emissions than conventional models thanks to its advanced engines and light composite materials.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first new model since the company initiated the 777 program in 1990.
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