Boeing delivered the 1000th 787 Dreamliner, but has not yet stated which customer was awarded the symbolic aircraft. Despite this, China Southern Airlines announced on Twitter that it was the customer who received it.
“Welcome 787-9 aircraft #Dreamliner arrived in Guangzhou and officially joined the China Southern Airlines fleet. It is also the 1,000th 787 delivered by @BoeingAirplanes,” said the Chinese carrier on Monday.
In fact, the aircraft (B-20EH registration) belongs to lessor Air Lease Corporation, which leased it to China Southern. The jet appears as delivered on April 22, according to Planespotters, and shows no mention of the 1000th 787 mark.
Welcome 787-9 aircraft #Dreamliner arrived in Guangzhou and officially joined the China Southern Airlines fleet. It is also the 1,000th 787 delivered by @BoeingAirplanes.#chinasouthern #csair #FlyWithCsair pic.twitter.com/fYoSVTPDV2— China Southern Airlines (@CSAIRGlobal) April 26, 2021
According to the airline, the 787-9 flew from Charleston (South Carolina) to Guangzhou days ago.
Pandemic changed plans
The 1000th Boeing 787 should have been delivered to Singapore Airlines in 2020, as the planemaker itself announced in April last year.
The aircraft, a 787-10 9V-SCP registration, received a “1000th 787 Dreamliner” sticker applied to the fuselage, but due to the pandemic, Boeing has so far not delivered it to Singapore.
Until the beginning of the month, it was still believed that Boeing would end up delivering the symbolic aircraft to the airline, but that did not happen.
Even so, it was not the end of speculation. The China Southern 787-9 was delivered the day after Japan Air Lines received a Dreamliner as well, it is unclear which one would be the 1000th aircraft.
Even though it was marked by China Southern in its tweet, Boeing had yet to speak out on Tuesday. The 787 Dreamliner entered in service in October 2011 with All Nippon Airways.