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Boeing and Air China on 27 September
announced an order for four, extended-range
777-300ER widebody twinjets, with a total
value US$1.1 billion based on current average
"This is a great day in the history of our long
and enduring partnership with Air China,"
says Marlin Dailey, vice-president of sales and
marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The Beijing-based Chinese flag carrier will
use the aircraft to expand its international
"The 777-300ER will be the backbone of our
long-haul international fleet," says Air China
Vice-President Fan Cheng. "The airplane's
high efficiency and performance features will
enable Air China to launch more direct long-
haul routes to meet the increasing demand of
Boeing incorporated several performance
enhancements for the 777-300ER, extending
its range and increasing payload through
engine-efficiency improvements, improved
aerodynamics and airframe weight reductions.
The jetliner carries 365 passengers over
distances up to 7,930 nautical miles (14,685
The Air China announcement came just
days after Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific
Airways exercised existing purchase rights
for six additional 777-300ERs, valued at
about US$1.6 billion. The orders will increase
Cathay's future 777-300ER fleet from 30
aircraft to 36.
Boeing says Cathay Pacific is one of the
world's largest operators of the 777, with 12
Boeing 777-300s and five 777-200s in its fleet.
The airline first announced its selection
of the 777-300ER in 2005, and the latest
announcement is its fourth increase in
acquisition plans for the jetliner.
"We are very pleased to confirm this
purchase of six more Boeing 777-300ERs -- a
superb aircraft that already has significantly
enhanced our operations on key long-haul
routes," says Cathay Pacific Chief Executive
Tony Tyler. "We have been very impressed by
the operating economics of these aircraft,
while their high efficiency has resulted in a
reduced environmental impact."
Boeing says it has received 1,100 orders for the
777 family of aircraft from sixty-one customers
around the world. -- Andrzej Jeziorski
MAS orders two more A330-200Fs
Air China, Cathay Pacific announce 777-300ER deals
Malaysia Airlines has ordered two more Airbus
A330-200F freighters, converting two existing
options for the type.
The latest contract increases the airline's firm
orders for the freighter to four, all of which will
be operated by the carrier's cargo subsidiary
MASkargo. The aircraft will be powered by
PW4000 engines from Pratt & Whitney.
"We are confident that the A330-200F is
set to become a game changer in the mid-size
freighter market," says MASkargo Managing
Director, Shahari Sulaiman. "The aircraft
will enable MASkargo to efficiently match
capacity closely to demand on many medium-
lift sectors across our cargo network, and
especially those operating via intra-Asia."
"This additional order underscores the
increasing popularity of the new A330-200F
as it enters airline service," said John Leahy,
Airbus's chief operating officer customers.
According to the manufacturer, the latest
addition to the A330 family offers the lowest
operating costs in its size category and is
"the only modern mid-size, long haul, all-
cargo aircraft capable of carrying 65 tonnes
over 4,000nm (7,400km) or 70 tonnes over
Separately, Airbus matched Boeing (see
story, above) in announcing its own success
with Cathay Pacific Airways. The Hong
Kong-based carrier in mid-September said
that it is firming up a previously announced
commitment for 30 A350 XWB long-range
twinjets, to be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent
Cathay will operate the A350 XWB across its
route network, mainly on non-stop services to
Europe. -- Andrzej Jeziorski
Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Hong
Kong-based First Eastern Investment have
agreed to launch a new low-cost carrier
(LCC), to begin operations in the second half
of next year.
The new airline will be based in the Japanese
business centre of Osaka, operating both
domestic and international services out of
the city's Kansai International Airport, the
Japanese carrier says. The LCC will have its
own brand, separate from that of its parent,
and be managed independently.
ANA will hold a 39 percent stake in the
company out of a total Japanese investment
of 66.7 percent, while First Eastern will
take a one-third stake in the venture. The
announcement marks the first entry of
a Chinese fund into the Japanese airline
The new airline will operate a single-type
fleet and offer fares priced to compete with
buses, trains and other low-fare transport
operators, ANA says.
The announcement comes as Japan Airlines
(JAL) has been studying a similar plan
with the help of Oneworld partner Qantas
Airways, analysing the Australian carrier's
low-cost Jetstar operation. JAL, which filed
for bankruptcy protection in January, has said
it has no firm plans or timeline for such a
move as yet.
-- Andrzej Jeziorski
ANA, First Eastern
to set up new
Air China says the new aircraft will form
the backbone of its international fleet.
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