Up to 24 787 Dreamliners have been ordered by China Airlines and Boeing (NYSE:BA), as the airline invests in the fuel-efficient widebody to increase passenger and cargo operations.
The agreement comprises a firm order for 16 of the 787-9’s with the greatest range, along with options for an additional eight aircraft. This significant acquisition will help the airline achieve its long-term sustainability objectives.
“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,” said China Airlines Chairman Hsieh Su-Chien. “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.”
China Airlines will be able to fly with the lowest trip cost among medium-sized widebodies thanks to the best-selling model of the Dreamliner family, the 787-9, which also uses less fuel and emits less emissions—up to 25% less—than the aircraft it replaces.
The fuel efficiency, adaptability, and range of the 787 series have allowed airlines to launch more than 325 new nonstop routes and save carbon emissions by 80 billion pounds since they first entered service in 2011.
“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,” said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. “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 787 family of aircraft has a 60% reduced airport noise footprint than the previous generation of aircraft thanks to its cutting-edge engines and suite of environmentally progressive features.
The 787’s ground-breaking composite structures also resist corrosion, making them ideal for use by Taipei-based China Airlines in warm, humid areas.
Six 777 Freighters are among the 22 Boeing aircraft that China Airlines has ordered so far. The airline also now runs 10 777-300ERs (Extended Range), which together with its upcoming 787 aircraft will make up a highly effective widebody fleet.