File Photo taken on Oct. 27, 2017 shows the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Boeing and Okay Airways, one of China's first privately-owned airlines, said on Wednesday that they finalized an order for five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on Wednesday, with which Okay Airways will expand its long-haul services.
The deal was made at Boeing Commercial Airplanes headquarters in Seattle, Washington State, worth 1.4 billion U.S. dollars at list prices.
"We are committed to investing in our aircraft fleet in order to keep growing ahead of the market and enhancing our customers' flying experience," said Li Zongling, president of Okay Airways which is headquartered in Beijing with its main hub at Tianjin Binhai International Airport.
"Today's order for the all-new, super-efficient 787-9 Dreamliners will strengthen Okay's position to expand into the long-haul market with the best products in its class," Li said.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes Global Sales and Marketing Senior Vice President Ihssane Mounir said: "We value our longstanding partnership with Okay Airways and look forward to delivering these airplanes to support their international expansion plan."
Okay Airways' current all-Boeing jetliner fleet includes 737s, serving more than 70 domestic and regional destinations, while the 787-9 Dreamliner can fly 290 passengers up to some 14,000 km.