Air China commits to buying 31 Boeing jetliners


Boeing has announced that Air China has agreed to buy two Boeing 747-8 Intercontinentals, one 777-300ER (Extended Range) and 20 Next-Generation 737-800s.

Although the agreement requires Chinese government approval, Boeing in a statement said it looks forward to working with Air China, a long-time valued customer, to obtain approval.

In addition, Air China Cargo, a subsidiary of Air China, has agreed to buy eight 777 Freighters. The airline plans to expand its capacity to meet growing demand in Asia-Pacific and China, the most dynamic market for commercial airplanes, Boeing said.

In a statement, Ihssane Mounir, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Northeast Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said that, “We’re very pleased that Air China has decided to add more 747-8 Intercontinentals, 777-300ERs and 737-800s to its expanding fleet and we are excited to introduce our super-efficient 777 Freighters to the Air China Cargo fleet.”
“Our long and enduring partnership with Air China goes back to the airline’s beginning and we’re proud to be part of their success,” Mounir added.

The total value of the deal is said to cost about $5.2 billion at current Boeing list prices.