MIAMI — Donghai Airlines announced the finalization of an order for five 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $1.32 billion at current list prices.
The Shenzhen-based carrier announced its intent to order 25 737 MAX 8s and five 787-9 Dreamliners at the 2016 Farnborough Airshow. The firm Dreamliner order comes just weeks after the carrier finalized its 737 MAX 8 order last month.
Over the last decade and a half, Shenzhen has developed into China’s answer to Silicon Valley, and its emergence as a tech hub has caused air travel demand to boom. Today, Shenzhen is well served with domestic connectivity from its namesake airline (Shenzhen Airlines) but development of international connectivity has lagged behind nearby Guangzhou, which had previously been established as the international hub for the Pearl River Delta.
Donghai Airlines currently has an all-Boeing fleet of 13 737-800s, serving for more than 10 cities across China. The carrier expects to take delivery of two additional 737s by the end of the year.