The plan to expand into the long-haul market at Okay Airways has finally been given the "ok."
Okay Airways, China's first privately owned airline, has just firmed up a deal with Boeing for the purchase of five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. According to airline president Li Zongling, the fuel-efficient 787 aircraft would "strengthen Okay Airways' plan to expand into the long-haul market." According to Boeing, these aircraft are worth $1.4 Billion USD at list price, though this is before the customary discounts that are common in the aviation industry. They plan to use these aircraft on long-haul routes out of Beijing's new Daxing Airport, set to open in 2019, as per a deal signed by Okay Airways and Beijing-Capital Airport Group back in July.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is capable of carrying 290 passengers in a typical 3-class layout, and is able to fly 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 kilometers), according to its manufacturer. Fitted with extremely fuel efficient Rolls Royce Trent 1000 or General Electric GEnX engines, it offers airlines tremendous savings in fuel consumed, and is friendlier for the environment as well. From a passenger perspective, the 787 Dreamliner offers a more spacious cabin, larger windows with electronic dimming technology, and a revamped air circulation system that works independently of the bleed air coming from the engines, allowing for a lower, and more humid, cabin environment. To date, Boeing's website lists 1,283 orders for the Boeing 787 placed by over 70 airlines across the globe, with more than 600 in service as of November 2017.
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