Air China has ordered six Boeing 777-300ERs, worth $2.051 billion at list prices, according to a statement released by the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The new aircraft, which will be used for international expansion, are scheduled to be delivered between 2016-2017. The deal is subject to Chinese government approval.
Air China noted the deal would increase the carrier’s capacities by 5% in terms of as ATKs as of Dec. 31, 2015.
According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the Beijing-based carrier has applied to open six international routes in 2016, comprising 3X-weekly Beijing-Zurich, 7X-weekly Chengdu-Sydney, 3X-weekly Chongqing-Dubai, 5X-weekly Shanghai (Pudong)-San Jose, 4X-weekly Shanghai (Pudong)-Manchester, and 4X-weekly Shanghai (Pudong)-Barcelona service.
With this new order, Air China will increase its unfilled aircraft orders with Boeing to 90 units, which include orders for new 787-9 Dreamliners.
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