China’s Juneyao Airlines has finalised a US$1.32 billion order for five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, part of a plan for new routes to North America, Europe and Australia over the next four years.
The order represents the airline’s first Boeing purchase and its first for wide-body aircraft, the companies said. Juneyao has an option for five more Dreamliners.
The Shanghai-based privately owned company, which first flew in 2006, is one of several Chinese carriers aiming to expand internationally as growth in the country’s outbound tourism market outpaces domestic tourism.
Juneyao currently operates domestic routes or short-haul international flights to neighbouring countries such as Japan, South Korea and Thailand. It agreed to join global airline alliance group Star Alliance as a “connecting partner” last October.
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