Air China, the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China, has finalized an order for an additional 20 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 jetliners.
Star Alliance member Air China, one of China’s three largest carriers and boating a fleet of more than 430 aircraft in service and on order, operates international and domestic passenger and cargo services.
The carrier will use the new 737-800s to expand its domestic routes. Air China already had 210 737-800s in service and on order before the newly announced deal. The Boeing 737-800 is the best-selling member of the Next-Generation 737 family.
“Our long-standing and productive partnership with Air China goes back to the airline’s beginning and we’re proud to be part of their success,” says Jim Simon, vice president, China sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Air China’s order reflects our solid partnership and the proven performance of the Next-Generation 737 in its fleet.”
Boeing said in June that it would increase production rates of Next-Generation 737s to 35 aircraft per month in 2012 to meet continued strong demand for the single-aisle family.
The Next-Generation 737 family (which includes the 737-600, 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900 basic models as well as extended-range and specialized versions of the three latter models) has more than 2,000 unfilled orders from customers around the world, according to Boeing.