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Boeing kicked o the Asian Aerospace
show with the announcement on 7
March that Air China had agreed
to purchase five of its new 747-8
Intercontinental jetliners, becoming
the third customer for the latest
development of the 747. e agreement is still subject
to Chinese government approval.
"Air China has been operating 747s since the 1980s,"
says Air China Vice-President He Li. " e new, high
capacity Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental will deliver
exceptional economics and a great ying experience to
e Chinese ag carrier says it will use the aircra to
expand international services.
"Air China has become one of the fastest growing
airlines in the world and today is one of the world s
largest carriers," says Marlin Dailey, Boeing s vice-
president of sales and marketing. "We re proud to be
part of their success."
e agreement with Air China increases the total
order book for the passenger version of the 747-8I to
38, including earlier orders from Korean Air, Lu hansa
and VIP customers. e 747-8 Freighter version has
proved more popular to date, collecting 74 orders.
e 747-8I carries 467 passengers in a three-class
layout, features a new wing and an upgraded ight
deck. e jetliner is powered by General Electric
GEnx-2B engines, o ering lower noise, fewer emissions
and better fuel economy. e aircra also o ers a 26
percent boost in cargo volume.
The same day, Hong Kong Airlines signed a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the
US aircraft manufacturer to purchase 38 aircraft,
including six 777 Freighters, 30 787-9s and two 787-
8, con gured for VIP ser vices.
"We have been waiting for the 787 for a long while,
and we are very happy to nally order this aircra ," says
HNA Group Chairman Adam Tan.
Boeing says the order "will enhance Hong Kong
Airlines ability to match the demands of the di erent
markets it ser ves, and connect its long-haul network to
local sources of demand".
e US company adds it is still working with the
airline to nalize the agreement.
Adding further to its order tally at the show, Boeing
announced on 9 March that Hong Kong s largest
airline Cathay Paci c Airways had ordered ten Boeing
777-300ER jetliners, valued at US$2.8 billion at list
Cathay Paci c initially announced its selection of
the 777-300ER for its eet in 2005. e latest order
increase the carrier s planned eet of the type from 36
to 46 aircra , including four leased. e agreement is
Cathay s h increase in its acquisition plans for the
"Cathay Paci c ... has made the 777-300ER the
foundation of its signi cant eet enhancement for
long-haul routes," says Boeing s Dailey. e Boeing
777-300ER forms the backbone of Cathay s ultra-long-
haul and long-haul eet, mainly ser ving destinations in
North America and Europe.
" e Asia-Paci c region is the world s fastest-growing
aviation market and Cathay Paci c is well positioned in
Hong Kong to take advantage of this blooming market
to grow our business," says the airline s Chief Executive
O cer Tony Tyler. "Our newest 777 order highlights
our continued commitment to developing Hong
Kong s role as one of the world s leading international
e order from Hong Kong Airlines was part of a
larger aircra acquisition by the carrier s parent, HNA
Group, which owns Hainan Airlines, China s fourth
biggest airline and the country s largest privately
HNA also signed MoUs with business jet
manufacturers Gulfstream Aerospace and Dassault
Falcon, covering ve of the Gulfstream G450s and
G550s, as well as ve Falcon 7X large-cabin aircra . n
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The Hong Kong Airlines order was part of
a larger purchase by the airline's parent
HNA Group, which included Gulfstream and
Dassault Falcon business jets.
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Hong Kong once again played host to the Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress on 8-10 March. While
some exhibitors seemed disappointed that the halls were not busier at a time of recovery for commercial aviation,
attendance still reached a record 12,300 delegates and the show had its fair share of major announcements, as
Andrzej Jeziorski reports.
Air China increased the order book for Boeing's
747-8 Intercontinental to 38 aircraft.
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