Hainan Airlines received delivery of its first Boeing 787 today.
The Chinese carrier, which has ten Dreamliners on order, will operate the aircraft on a domestic route between Beijing and Haikou.
Future B787s will be deployed on Hainan's North American routes, increasing the frequency of its Beijing to Seattle, Beijing to Toronto and Beijing to Chicago services, as well as several new destinations.
Mu Weigang, vice chairman of Hainan Airlines, said: "Today is a great day for Hainan Airlines as the most technologically advanced and fuel efficient airplane in the world joins our fleet.
"The 787 will allow Hainan Airlines to open new routes from Beijing to North America and provide our unique 'Eastern-style’ five-star in-flight experience for global passengers."
Hainan's Dreamliner interior consists of 36 full, flat-bed business seats configured in rows of 2-2-2, as well as 177 economy seats configured in rows of 3-3-3. Each seat has a 15in, touch screen panel and a power outlet, while each business seat also has a USB port.
Ihssane Mounir, Boeing's senior vice president of Northeast Asia Sales, added: "We appreciate the confidence Hainan Airlines has shown in Boeing and I'm sure the 787's game-changing efficiency and flexibility will support Hainan Airlines to increase its competitive position in the global aviation marketplace."
Earlier this year, it emerged that Hainan Airlines will begin a direct Beijing to Chicago service starting in September (see online news, January 30).