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China Airlines Finalizes Landmark Order for up to 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliner Family Aircraft

Taiwan-based China Airlines has finalized an order for up to 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The deal includes a firm order for 16 of the longest range 787-9 model, with options for eight additional jets.


China Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Rendering - Courtesy Boeing

On Wednesday (September 28, 2022), Boeing announced that China Airlines has finalized a landmark order for up to 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The order includes a firm order for 16 of the longest range 787-9, with options for eight additional jets. The best selling model in the Dreamliner Family, the 787-9 will allow China Airlines to operate with the lowest trip cost among medium-sized widebody aircraft, while reducing fuel use and emissions by up to 25 percent compared to the airplanes it replaces. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 Family’s efficiency, flexibility and range has enabled operators to open over 325 new direct routes and reduce carbon emissions by 80 billion pounds.


In Wednesday’s announcement, China Airlines’ Chairman, Hsieh Su-Chien, said,


“We are excited to introduce the 787-9 Dreamliner into our operations as we continue to upgrade our fleet with more modern, fuel-efficient airplanes. Adding the state-of-the-art 787 will help us reduce carbon emissions, while also providing our customers with unmatched levels of comfort. Our continuous investment in fleet modernization is the cornerstone of our sustainability efforts. The 787's best-in-class efficiency and low operating costs will allow us to expand our network for years to come.”


Also commenting on the landmark order, Boeing’s Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing, Ihssane Mounir, said,


“The 787's superior fuel efficiency and range, combined with China Airlines' existing fleet of 777-300ERs, will enable the carrier to grow efficiently and also expand its global route network. This is a milestone order in our continuing partnership with China Airlines, and the market-leading efficiencies of the 787 will play an important role in furthering the airline's sustainability efforts.”

The state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner Family of aircraft are powered by advanced engines and a suite of environmentally-friendly technologies, delivering a 60 percent smaller noise footprint compared to previous generation airplanes. The aircraft’s revolutionary composite structures resist corrosion and are suited to operate in warm and humid climates served by Taipei-based China Airlines. Currently, the carrier has 22 Boeing jets on order including six 777 Freighters. China Airlines also currently operates 10 Boeing 777-300ERs.


Boeing (NYSE: BA) is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading supplier of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, as well as global services. The aerospace giant tops the list of the largest U.S. exporters, providing a significant positive impact to America’s annual GDP. Boeing supports government and commercial customers in over 150 countries and employs more than 160,000 team members worldwide. As Boeing continues to deliver for customers, they are committed to their legacy of aerospace leadership in technology and innovation and living the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity.



Source: Boeing/PRNewswire