Taiwan-based China Airlines will exercise options to purchase eight Boeing 787-9s to be delivered from 2026 onwards.
The airline says the new aircraft will be assigned to regional, Oceania and long-haul routes to meet burgeoning passenger demand in the post-COVID era.
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China Airlines had previously decided on the purchase of 16 Boeing 787-9 passenger aircraft fitted with the General Electric GEnx engine in August 2022 with deliveries to commence in 2025. The firm ordered eight additional aircraft, bringing the total size of the 787 fleet to 24 aircraft all to be delivered by 2028. There is also the option to convert to the higher capacity 787-10 model.
China Airlines has already introduced new fleets of the 777-300ER, A350-900 and A321neo as part of an aggressive fleet revitalization program aimed at improving operational efficiency and passenger service.
The China Airlines 787-9 passenger aircraft will be configured for three cabin classes – Premium Business, Premium Economy, and Economy.
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