China Southern Airlines became the first 787 customer of 2011 according to The Seattle Times after the airline filed a report with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that detailed plans to order six 787s.
The order is valued at $1.1 billion at list price and will help Boeing reverse a negative trend in 787 orders this year after losing 12 before the China Southern order was announced. Boeing also received good news regarding one of the engine options for the 787 on Tuesday as well.
In other good news for the 787 program, Rolls-Royce announced Monday that its Trent 1000 engine for the Dreamliner has won Extended Twin Engine Operations (ETOPS) approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), meaning it is certified to fly up to 330 minutes away from the nearest airport.
However, Boeing must separately complete extended flight tests to win ETOPS approval for the engine combined with the Dreamliner. Those flight tests are expected to begin soon.