Boeing has delivered the first B777-300ER to Air China. The new aircraft is the first of 19 B777-300ERs Air China has on order with Boeing. With this new addition to its fleet, Air China becomes the first airline on the Chinese mainland to operate the new generation 777.
“The introduction of this brand new aircraft is not only a milestone in the cooperation history between Boeing and Air China, but also an important symbol to deepen our relationship,” said He Li, Vice President of Air China. “The 777-300ER will be the backbone of our long-haul international fleet in the coming years and enable us to fulfil our ambition to be a large network carrier with international competitiveness.”
Boeing is scheduled to deliver an additional three B777-300ERs to Air China by the end of 2011. Air China will use the planes for route expansion including direct routes to Frankfurt, London and Paris, as well as for gradual replacement of the B747-400s currently serving North American routes.
“We have witnessed the rapid development of Air China and we’re honoured to be part of their success by providing our best products and services,” said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ Senior Vice President of Sales for Greater China & Korea. “The new generation 777-300ER is a great choice for Air China. Its structural efficiency, industry-leading reliability and brand-new cabin design combine to help the airline remain profitable and provide superior passenger experience.”
Pictured: Larry Loftis, 777 Vice President & General Manager, Boeing Commercial Airplane; Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Sales for Greater China & Korea, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; He Li, Vice President, Air China; Wang Chiming, Deputy Director General, CAAC Northern Bureau.