Air China’s long-haul wide-body fleet is set to expand after the Chinese flag-carrier and Boeing confirmed an order for six additional 777-300ER jetliners.
Air China are expected to receive delivery of the twin-jets over the course of 2016-17. The airline currently operates a fleet of 174 Boeing aircraft and already has 20 777-300ER’s in service after ordering 15 in 2007 and agreeing to take another five during 2010-13.
The agreement is valued at more than $2 Billion and Air China’s group fleet capacity is said to increase by some 5% compared with 2014.
In an online statement, Boeing Senior Vice President Ihssane Mounir said:
“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. 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.”
Boeing also confirmed the 777-300ER will receive further improvements in 2016 designed to reduce fuel use by another two percent.