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Wed, Jul 10, 2013

Hainan Airlines Welcomes First 787 Dreamliner

'Fly Your Dreams' Program Will Awarded Dreamliner Tickets To College Grads, 'Model Workers'

Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd. formally took delivery its first 787 Dreamliner aircraft on 7 July at 1100 local time when the plane landed at Haikou Meilan International Airport. With the delivery completed, Hainan Airlines becomes the second Chinese airline with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner as part of its fleet. At the welcoming ceremony, Hainan Airlines simultaneously kicked off the "Fly Your Dreams" program, during which the airlines will hand out hundreds of 787 Dreamliner air tickets to graduating college students and model workers as well as randomly selected romantically-engaged couples and ordinary citizens free of charge, providing an unparalleled flying experience for the lucky recipients.

Captain Theodore V. Shropshire of Boeing said at the ceremony, "We are excited to witness the maiden flight of Hainan's first 787 Dreamliner. Boeing remains committed to providing efficient and safe aircraft and technical support for Hainan Airlines. We look forward to more planes from Boeing joining Hainan Airlines' fleet."

Hainan Airline's first two Boeing 787 Dreamliners will initially be used on three domestic routes: Beijing-Haikou and Beijing-Shanghai, and then, following a three-month trial operation along these routes, will become available for North America's medium- and long-haul international flights including Beijing-Chicago, Beijing-Seattle and Beijing-Toronto, further enhancing Hainan Airlines' global competitiveness. Hainan Airlines' first 787 will initially be used on the Beijing-Haikou route, sparking a tourism boom between Hainan and Beijing during the summer travel peak season.

Applause broke out when Boeing officials presented the key which symbolizes the Boeing 787 to Hainan Airlines president Liu Lu. "We received the key to the 'Aviation Dream' of transforming Hainan into an international tourism destination, the 'Chinese Dream' of bringing about a great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and the 'Hainan Airlines Dream' of becoming a model-of-excellence world-class company, heralding the addition of the 787 Dreamliner to Hainan Airlines' fleet as the airline embarks on a new journey," said Liu Lu.

Hainan Airlines celebrated its 20th anniversary this year while also launching the "Fly Your Dreams" program. The arrival of the 787 Dreamliner aircraft marked the start of Hainan Airlines' journey to a new dream. The program, broken down into five individual segments themed "Student Dream Comes True," "Travel Dream Comes True," "Romance Dream Comes True," "Flying Dream Comes True" and "North American Dream Comes True" will send hundreds of free 787 flight passenger tickets to students from low-income homes who have participated in the recent college entrance exam; locally-based Party members who have performed "above and beyond"; model laborers; air travel aficionados; long distance couples; and ordinary citizens. The program will allow students to travel to their colleges, model laborers to visit Beijing, ordinary citizens to fulfill their dream of flying for the first time, air travel enthusiasts to experience the new 787 and long distance couples a chance to reunite.

At the end of the ceremony, HNA's vice president Huang Qijun handed out the first batch of round trip air tickets between Haikou and Beijing to Hainan-based model workers, who will take the maiden voyage 787 flight to Beijing, realizing their travel dreams.

FMI: www.hainanair.us/

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