Taiwan’s China Airlines in Dreamliner deal

It’s revealed the Taipei/Taoyuan-based company is to purchase the Dreamliner in a boost to its medium-capacity fleet.

China Airlines has revealed plans to purchase 16 Boeing 787-9s equipped with General Electric GEnx powerplants. The deal – worth $4.6 billion at list prices according to Reuters – includes options for an additional eight jets, plus conversion to the larger -10 model.

With the Dreamliner deliveries scheduled to kick-off in 2025, China Airlines says the type will allow its Airbus A330-300s to be phased out.

Dreamliner deliveries to China Airlines are scheduled to start in 2025
Dreamliner deliveries to China Airlines are scheduled to start in 2025 Flickr Commons/aceebee

In 2018, the Taiwanese flag carrier embarked on its widebody passenger aircraft replacement programme. However, evaluations were put on ice in 2020 due to the pandemic, before this process resumed in September of last year.

China Airlines fields a large fleet, with types including the 777-300ER, A350-900 and A321neo; the airline states it will “continue to manage its fleet size” in response to COVID-19 and market developments.