Taiwans China Airlines has reportedly confirmed an order for 16 Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the firm announced on Wednesday i.e., 28 September, nearly a month after revealing a provisional deal.
When placing the order with Boeing, the airline also put options in place for additional 8 jets, if the need should arise. In addition, China Airlines plans to use the new Dreamliner jets to replace its outdated fleet of Airbus A330s.
It is worth mentioning that the airline will be also able to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 25% owing to the firmer order. Interestingly, the deal for 16 jets is valued at a list price of USD 4.6 billion, given that discounts are typical in such deals.
Months after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosis travel to Taipei enraged Beijing and aggravated trade unrest between China and the U.S., the airline announced the success of this agreement. This also marks as important for the Boeing 787 program as the American aerospace giant recently resumed delivery of the model after a protracted break.
Hsieh Su-Chien, Chairman of China Airlines, stated that the foundation of airlines sustainability initiatives was the constant investments made by the company in fleet modernization. Further, they will be able to grow the network for many years to come, owing to 787s best-in-class efficiency and low operating expenses.
Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Commercial Sales at Boeing, asserted that with China Airlines current fleet of 777-300ERs and the 787s improved fuel efficiency and range, the airline will be further able to grow effectively while simultaneously expanding its worldwide route network.
Mounir added that this was a significant order in their relationship with China Airlines, and the 787s industry-leading efficiency will help the carrier continue its environmental initiatives.
Notably, the airline now has 22 Boeing jets including six 777 freighters, on order.