Boeing has confirmed that China Southern Airlines has agreed to buy 10 Boeing 777-300ERs, as the airline plans to expand its capacity to meet growing demand in the Asia-Pacific region and China.
“We’re very pleased that China Southern, which has been a staunch 777 supporter from the very beginning of the program, has once again selected the 777-300ER to serve its passengers and to deliver value to its bottom line,” says Ihssane Mounir, vice president, sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The Boeing 777-300ER carries 365 passengers up to 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 kilometers).
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, persuaded Boeing in late 2003 to decide to offer the aircraft with higher range and payload capabilities than originally planned.
The manufacturer eventually formally offered the aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 775,000lb (351,534 kilograms), up from 759,600lb (44,549 kilograms).
China Southern’s agreement to buy the 10 Boeing 777-300ERs requires Chinese Government approval, which is yet to be officially given.
Boeing says it looks forward to working with China Southern Airlines, a long-time valued customer, to obtain the required approval. Once approval is attained, the order will be posted to Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.