Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Vistara Is To Take A Boeing 787 Built For Hainan Airlines

Vistara has taken over a Boeing 787 Dreamliner airframe that was initially scheduled to go to Hainan Airlines, as the carrier continues to expand its operation. The Indian Airline has agreed to take delivery of the plane which is still being built, according to reporting from Live From a Lounge.
Plane spotters initially broke the news, having observed the aircraft at close quarters in Everett, Washington, where a Boeing factory is located. Hainan Airlines had previously taken 38 Boeing 787-9 jets on order, with eight yet to be delivered. But as Hainan had chosen not to pick up some of the aircraft that it ordered earlier this year, it seems that Vistara has acted rapidly in order to claim at least one of the aircraft.
Hainan Airlines is part of the HNA group – a Chinese conglomerate headquartered in Haikou. The group has experienced significant financial difficulty in recent months, and this may have been behind the decision to allow Vistara to pick up this particular 787.
Vistara has already signaled its intention to only purchase airframes that closely fit their required conditions, and has earmarked the Everett-manufactured products as being ideally suitable. As this aircraft is already in production, it could well mean that Vistara has moved up the queue, and could receive its first 787 sooner than expected.
09/10/19 Chris Morris/Simple Flying
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