|China Eastern 787-9. Photo: Boeing|
[Avionics Today 04-29-2016] Boeing and China Eastern Airlines have finalized an order for 15 787-9 Dreamliners. The order, valued at nearly $4 billion at current list prices, aims to expand China Eastern's long-haul fleet. The airline plans to operate the new 787-9s on routes between China, North America and Europe.
"The addition of these next-generation, fuel-efficient airplanes will play a key role in supporting China Eastern's strategy for international expansion, and enable us to realize profits in point-to-point routes across the Pacific Ocean, and between China and Europe,” said China Eastern Airlines Chairman Liu Shaoyong.
With growing air traffic demand, the carrier plans to increase frequencies on existing routes from Shanghai to Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Toronto, as well as their newly launched destination, Chicago. The routes are currently operated by the airline's flagship 777-300ER airplane.