When we first reported on the Dreamliner last year, we featured eight airlines that were flying Boeing’s new 787-8 passenger aircraft. There are now 34 airlines that boast the plane in their fleets. So many that we’ve dedicated a two-part series to the carriers and their routes and service classes.
The latest version of this aircraft, the Boeing 787-9, is now flying too. The 787-9 has a stretched body, so it can carry more passengers and fly longer, making long hauls such as United’s route between Los Angeles and Melbourne possible.
The airlines are listed alphabetically, so you’ll see the latest carriers to add the plane to their fleet, such as Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Air, in Part II. Stay tuned for that.
Here’s the A-K list of airlines currently flying the 787:
Routes: Aeromexico flies 787s from Mexico City to Buenos Aires, Paris (CDG), Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo (NRT), Santiago, Los Angeles, London (LHR), Madrid and New York (JFK).
Cabins: The airline offers 32 lie-flat seats in business class and 211 seats in economy.
Routes: Avianca flies 787s from Bogotá to Buenos Aires, Cartagena, Mexico City, New York (JFK), Santiago and Sao Paulo.
Cabins: The airline offers 28 seats in business class and 222 in economy.
Routes: Air Canada flies 787s from Toronto to Tel Aviv, Montreal, Zurich, Paris (CDG), London (LHR), Copenhagen, Vancouver and Tokyo (NRT); and from Vancouver to Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo (NRT) and Shanghai.
Cabins: The airline offers 20 international business class seats, 21 premium economy seats and 210 economy seats.
Routes: Air India flies 787s from Delhi and Mumbai to cities in Asia, Australia and Europe, and within India.
Cabins: The airline offers 18 business class and 238 economy class seats.
Routes: Air New Zealand was the first to get the Boeing 787-9, and it flies them from Auckland to Perth, Tokyo (NRT) and Shanghai.
Cabins: The airline’s 787-9 aircraft have four cabins: 18 business premier seats, 21 premium economy seats and 263 economy seats, including 30 economy skycouch seats. The skycouch allows family members sharing adjoining seats to fold up their armrests and pull out footrests, giving passengers more room to lie down during the flight.
Routes: ANA was the first airline to fly the Boeing 787-8. From Tokyo (NRT), the airline flies them to Beijing, Shanghai and San Jose; and from Tokyo (HND) to a variety of cities, including Beijing, Frankfurt, Hiroshima, Okinawa, Osaka, Sapporo and Taipei.
Cabins: The carrier flies three versions of the 787-8: Two versions have business and economy class cabins, while the third also offers 21 premium economy seats. There are two versions of business class seats: Business Staggered on new 787s and the original Business Cradle.
Routes: American Airlines’ first Boeing 787-8 flew domestically between its hubs in Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth before starting nonstop service from Dallas/Fort Worth to Beijing and Buenos Aires. New routes will be launched over time, as more aircraft are delivered.
Cabins: The airline offers 28 lie-flat business class seats, 57 economy extra seats with 5 inches of more legroom, and 141 standard economy seats.
Routes: Arkefly is a charter airline based out of Amsterdam. It flies 787s to Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Holguin, Varadero, Cancun and Punta Cana.
Cabins: The carrier offers 47 seats in premium economy and 241 seats in economy.
Routes: Azerbaijan Airlines flies 787s from Baku to Istanbul.
Cabins: The airline offers 18 seats in business class, 35 in premium economy and 157 in economy.
Routes: British Airways flies 787-8 Dreamliners from London (LHR) to Austin, Calgary, Chengdu, Chennai, Hyderabad, Philadelphia, New York (JFK) and Toronto. It flies the new 787-9 from London (LHR) to Delhi.
Cabins: The airline configured its 787-8 Dreamliners with three cabins: 35 business class, or Club World, seats; 25 premium economy, or World Traveller Plus, seats; and 154 economy, or World Traveller, seats. Business class offers seats in the intimate and quiet minicabin, which consists of just two rows: 6 and 7.
The 787-9 has British Airways’ typical four-class cabins: eight first class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 42 seats in business class, 39 in premium economy and 127 in economy.
Routes: The first Dreamliner route flown by China Southern was Guangzhou to Beijing. Now the airline also flies them from Guangzhou to Auckland, London (LHR), Paris (CDG) and Vancouver.
Cabins: Initially, China Southern was the only airline that installed a first class cabin on its 787s, but that has since changed. The airline offers four first class Skybeds, 24 business class seats and an economy cabin that accommodates 200.
Routes: Ethiopian Airlines was the first African airline to fly the Dreamliner. It serves the following destinations from its hub in Addis Abada: Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt, Nairobi, Harare, Los Angeles and Lusaka. Future routes will include flights to Rome, Milan and Stockholm.
Cabins: The airline offers 24 seats in business class and 246 in economy.
Routes: Etihad flies the 787-9. The first flight was from its hub in Abu Dhabi to Dusseldorf. Routes to Brisbane, Moscow, Mumbai and Washington, D.C. are planned for the future.
Cabins: The airline designed brand-new seats for its 787-9 aircraft. There are eight Etihad First Suites, 28 business studios and 199 economy seats available. In 2016, a two-class configured 787 is scheduled to be added to the fleet.
Routes: Hainan Airlines flies 787s from Beijing to destinations within China, as well as to Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.
Cabins: The airline offers 36 seats in premium economy and 177 in economy.
Routes: Japan Airlines (JAL) flies 787-8s from both of Tokyo’s main airports: Narita and Haneda. From Haneda, the airline flies to Bangkok, Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City and Seoul. From Narita, it flies to Boston, Dallas, San Diego and Vancouver. In addition, the airline flies from Nagoya to Bangkok, and from Osaka to Bangkok, Los Angeles and Taipei.
JAL also has 787-9s, and it flies them from Tokyo (NRT) to Jakarta, Delhi, New York (JFK), Paris (CDG), Helsinki, Frankfurt, Hanoi and Moscow.
Cabins: There are two cabins aboard the carrier’s 787-8 Dreamliners: 42 business class seats in the JAL Shell Flat Neo configuration and 144 economy seats. On the 787-9s, the airline offers 44 business class seats, 35 premium economy seats and 116 economy seats.
Routes: Based in Brussels, Jetairfly flies its 787s to vacation destinations in the Caribbean, such as Cancún, Punta Cana, Montego Bay and Santo Domingo.
Cabins: There are 300 seats onboard, with 47 in premium club, or business class, and 253 divided between economy and economy plus.
Routes: Jetstar is an Australian airline that flies 787s from Cairns to Tokyo (NRT) and Osaka; from Brisbane to Bali and Honolulu; from Gold Coast to Tokyo (NRT); from Melbourne to Bali, Bangkok, Tokyo (NRT), Singapore, Honolulu and Phuket; and from Sydney to Bali, Honolulu and Phuket.
Cabins: The airline offers 21 seats in business class and 314 in economy.
Routes: Kenya Airways flies 787s from Nairobi to Amsterdam, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Kinshasa, London (LHR), Luanda, Mumbai and Paris (CDG).
Cabins: With its two-cabin setup, the airline’s Premier World, or business class, seats 30 passengers, and economy has 204 seats.
Next week: Part II, featuring airlines from L to X.