China Eastern Airlines has just announced their signing for 20 Airbus A350-900s and 15 Boeing 787-9s as they embark on their long-haul fleet modernization program. The airline stated in a filing to the Shanghai stock exchange that they are expecting delivery of the A350s in batches starting from 2018 to 2022.Exclusively powered by the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, 2 A350 aircrafts will be delivered in 2018, three in 2019, and two more in 2020. The remaining 13 are to be introduced in 2021-2022. Concurrently, China Eastern will be taking delivery of the 787-9s over the entire period of 2018-2021 and was not given an option in regards to engine selection for the Boeing jets.
In 2018, four 787-9s will be delivered to China Eastern, followed by the six in 2019, and finally the last five in 2020-2021. This long-haul renewal comes on the heels of a restored commitment by China Eastern to the 787 lost in 2011.
At the time China Eastern canceled a 787 order in favor of the 737. As part of a stipulation set forth by the fleet upgrade program, China Eastern is to withdraw 12 Airbus A330s and a total of six Boeing 767’s from service. The A350 deal is valued at just a shade under $6 billion with the 787 agreement at around $4 billion, but inside sources have revealed that airframers have been granted significant concessions. China Eastern Airlines was established on 6/27/1988 under the CAAC Huadong Adminstration and is headquartered in the China Eastern Airlines Building on Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport in the Changing District of Shanghai, China.
It is considered one of the main major airlines which operates international, domestic and regional routes with main hubs at Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. By passenger numbers, China Eastern Airlines is China’s second-largest carrier and also became the country’s first airline to offer shares on the international market. China Eastern Airlines has an incredibly strong presence on routes in Asia, North America and Australia as it looks to exploit the domestic market by boosting flight frequencies. They are the first major Chinese carrier to place an order with Airbus and the A320 is considered the backbone of the fleet.
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