Boeing and Air China today signed an agreement for the purchase of five 747-8 Intercontinental aircraft. Air China is the first Chinese carrier to contract the passenger version of the new 747.
“Air China has been operating 747s since the 1980s,” said He Li, vice president of Air China. “The new, high capacity Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental will deliver exceptional economics and a great flying experience to our customers.”
Beijing-based Air China will use the aircraft to expand its international routes.
“The technologically advanced 747-8 Intercontinental will deliver improved operating economics, efficiency and environmental performance in support of Air China’s continued growth,” said Marlin Dailey, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Air China has become one of the fastest growing airlines in the world and today is one of the world’s largest carriers. We’re proud to be part of their success and look forward to continuing our long and enduring partnership.”
The new 747-8 Intercontinental carries 467 passengers in a three-class configuration. The plane features a new wing design and an upgraded flight deck, while its interior incorporates features from the 787 Dreamliner including a new curved architecture that will give passengers more headroom and extra space for overhead storage bins.
Using 787-technology GEnx-2B engines, the aircraft will also be quieter, produce lower emissions and achieve better fuel economy than any competing jet. It also increases cargo volume by 26 percent.