China Eastern, one of the nation’s top three airlines has announced aircraft orders with American airframer Boeing and the Europe-based Airbus.
Last week, the airline first finalized an order with Boeing for 15 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft valued approximately $4 billion at list prices. The very next day, it announced another big order with Airbus for 20 A350-900 aircraft. This order, valued $6.16 billion at list prices made China Eastern the largest customer for the A350-900. Both the aircraft cited 2014 list prices, indicating previously agreed upon terms or taking over delivery slots vacated by other buyers.
The airline intends to use its Boeing purchase to operate routes between China, North America, and Europe. It also plans on increasing frequencies on existing routes like Shanghai to Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and their newly launched destination, Chicago.
Starting in 2018, the aircraft are due to enter service over four years. This will fulfill the airline’s plan of long-haul fleet expansion on the international level. It is also due to receive 11 of Boeing’s 777 aircraft and Airbus’ seven A330s.