Air China has ordered four more Boeing 777-300ERs, which the manufacturer values at $1.1 billion at current average list prices.
Beijing-based Air China, which is the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China, will use the 777-300ERs to expand its international routes. The carrier already had 15 Boeing 777-300ERs on order from a previous contract signed in 2007.
“The 777-300ER will be the backbone of our long-haul international fleet,” says Fan Cheng, vice president of Air China. “The airplane’s high efficiency and performance features will enable Air China to launch more direct long-haul routes to meet the increasing demand of our passengers.”
The Boeing 777 is the world’s most successful twin-engine, long-haul aircraft, with more than 1,150 sold. The 777-300ER carries 365 passengers up to 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km).
Boeing incorporated several performance enhancements for the 777-300ER, extending its range and payload capabilities. Excellent performance during flight-testing, combined with engine efficiency improvements and design changes that reduce drag and aircraft weight, contributed to the increased capability.