Chinese carrier Ruili Airlines has finalised its order for six 787-9 aircraft from Boeing worth $1.5bn at current list prices.
The order, confirmed at a Farnborough Airshow media briefing on Wednesday (July 13), is the first widebody purchase by Yunnan-headquartered Ruili.
Established in February 2014, Ruili operates a fleet of nine 737 aircraft on domestic routes in China.
The start-up carrier has plans to expand its fleet to 70 aircraft by the end of 2025.
Ma Zhanwei, chairman of Ruili Airlines., said: “The right size, long range, competitive fuel efficiency, as well as passenger appealing edge of the 787-9 make it an ideal fit in facilitating our international expansion plans.”