Boeing has announced that China Airlines has signed a Letter of Intend (LoI) to modernize its fleet with an order of up to six Boeing 777F aircraft. The Taiwanese flag carrier currently operates a fleet of 18 Boeing 747-400F freighters, which it is looking to transition to the 777F.
China Airlines already announced an order intention for three 777F aircraft in May, with options for a further three. The airline say the aircraft’s range of 4,970nm / 9,200km and lower fuel burn will allow it to operate on longer routes without a tech-stop, which in turn will reduce operating costs. Boeing says that the final number of aircraft to be ordered will be revealed once the deal is finalised.
In addition, China Airlines has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus to purchase 11 A321neo, with an additional 14 on lease. These single aisle aircraft will join the airline’s current passenger fleet of Airbus A330, A350, Boeing 737, 777 and 747.
Matt is a Berlin-based writer and reporter for International Flight Network. Originally from London, he has been involved in aviation from a very young age and has a particular focus on aircraft safety, accidents and technical details.