Which Airlines Operate The Boeing 787-8?

The first 787 to enter service in 2011, the  Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is so far the second most popular 787 variant, behind the longer -9. The -8 is the epitome of a long-and-skinny-route aircraft and was a key factor in further evolving the economics of modern air travel. So which airlines operate this long-distance aircraft?

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A newly inducted Boeing 787-8 series Dreamliner takes off from Begumpet airport at the India Aviation show in Hyderabad on March 16, 2012. Photo: Getty Images

The second best seller

Looking at Boeing’s order book, we can see that a total of 1,882 Dreamliners have been ordered by airlines, governments, and private customers around the world. Here’s how the three models compare in terms of orders logged:

  • 787-8: 661 (35.1%)
  • 787-9: 1,009 (53.6%)
  • 787-10: 202 (10.7%)

The aircraft entered service with Japanese carrier ANA in 2011 and has been ordered by airlines around the world – from Air Canada to Ethiopian Airlines to Jetstar Airways in Australia.

The 787-8 was the very first Dreamliner to launch. While it has attracted hundreds of orders, it has been overshadowed by the longer -9. Photo: Altair78 via Wikimedia Commons 

The largest fleets

While the list of 787-8 operators is fairly long, the following airlines offer the largest fleets of the type, according to Planespotters.net.

  • Air India: 27. With the airline soon to launch service from Delhi to Chicago and San Francisco, the airline’s 787-8 could be a strong candidate to operate the new services.
  • American Airlines: 23. The airline is still to put more 787s into service. The carrier took delivery of three so far this year, with the latest coming just this past October.
  • ANA (All Nippon Airways): 36. The launch customer and largest operator for the type, this Japanese carrier has flown the 787-8 to cities as far away as San Jose, Seattle, and Mexico City.
  • Ethiopian Airlines: 19. Historically, the carrier has flown the aircraft to far-flung destinations like Sao Paolo, Toronto, and Beijing.
  • Japan Airlines: 27. The airline also took delivery of a brand new 787-8 this year.
  • Qatar Airways: 30. The Middle Eastern carrier has flown its Dreamliners as far away as London and Perth and also as close as Dubai and Kuwait.
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The Boeing 787-8 has served Qatar Airways well – especially for the events of 2020. Photo: Getty Images

Other operators

  • Aeromexico
  • Air Austral
  • Air Canada
  • Air Europa
  • Air Tanzania
  • Avianca
  • Azerbaijan Airways
  • Biman Bangladesh
  • British Airways
  • China Southern
  • El Al
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Jetstar Airways
  • Kenya Airways
  • LOT Polish
  • Norwegian
  • Oman Air
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Royal Brunei Airlines
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Scoot
  • Thai Airways
  • TUI
  • United Airlines
  • Uzbekistan Airways
  • Xiamen Airlines
  • ZIPAIR (which come from parent company Japan Airlines)
Norwegian selling two 787s to Neos Air
Norwegian has flown its 787-8s as far as Bangkok and Los Angeles. Photo: Getty Images

The Dreamliner was indeed a gamechanger when it was launched a decade ago. Despite a rough entry into service due to various issues, it has gone on to fly some impressive routes.

With an impressive range of 13,530 km (8,400 miles), the 787-8’s long-distance capabilities made possible by its smaller capacity has proven a valuable asset in light of the events of 2020.

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