China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner, making it the first airline in China to receive the aircraft type. "Today's 787 delivery represents a significant new milestone in the strengthening partnership between Boeing and China," said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We thank the Chinese government agencies, China Southern and all our Chinese customers, and suppliers for their support and contributions to the success of the Dreamliner programme." China Southern will first operate the 787 on domestic flights before introducing the Dreamliner on its long-haul international passenger service. The airline is to receive another nine of the aircraft under current plans.