Boeing and Air China today announced an order for six additional 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners.
The order is valued at more than $2 billion at current list prices and bolsters Air China’s long-haul widebody fleet as it looks to expand its international network.
“The 777-300ER has consistently proved its value as a long-haul flagship for our customers around the world, making it the preferred choice for Air China’s international expansion,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president, north-east Asia sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“This order reflects the strength of our decades-long relationship with Air China and we look forward to partnering with Air China on additional opportunities in the future.”
China’s flag carrier continues to modernize its long-haul fleet to replace aging aircraft and plans to expand its growing network internationally.
Air China currently operates a fleet 174 Boeing airplanes, including nearly all current Boeing production models, including the Next-Generation 737, 747-8 Intercontinental as well as 777-300ERs.
With this new order, Air China will increase its unfilled airplane orders with Boeing to 90 units, which includes orders for new 787-9 Dreamliners.
The 777-300ER is one of the most fuel and cost-efficient airplanes in its class as well as the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world.
It also has the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane in service.
The 777-300ER will receive further improvements in 2016 designed to reduce fuel use by another two per cent.