2 MAY 2016
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In a week of significant orders, Boeing and China Eastern Airlines on Thursday finalised a deal for 15 B787-9 Dreamliners, valued at nearly US$4bn at current list prices.
Airline chairman Liu Shaoyong said: "We are very happy to introduce the new Dreamliners into our long-haul fleet. They will play a key role in supporting our strategy for international expansion.”
The carrier plans to operate the new aircraft on routes between China, North America and Europe, increasing frequencies on existing routes from Shanghai to Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Toronto.
The Dreamliners will also be put on the newly-launched Chicago route, which with the others is currently operated by the airline's flagship 777-300ER.
Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president for North-East Asia Sales at Boeing, said: "China Eastern has been a long-standing Boeing customer and we are honoured that the passenger-preferred 787 Dreamliner will join this world-class fleet."
"The combination of the 777-300ER and 787-9 will provide the airline with market-leading economics as well as flexibility that will contribute significantly to its success operating long-haul flights to North America." www.flychinaeastern.com
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