China Eastern to purchase 80 B737s

16 Jun 2014 by Clement Huang

Boeing has announced an upcoming purchase by China Eastern for 80 B737s.

The order will consist of both B737 Next Generation and B737 MAX aircraft. When finalised, it will become the largest-ever order for single-aisle airplanes made by a Chinese airline, worth more than US$8 billion at current list prices. The aircraft manufacturer said the order would be published on its Orders & Deliveries webpage when "all contingencies are cleared", but declined to elaborate further.

“We look forward to making history with China Eastern as they are poised to make the largest purchase for single-aisle airplanes by a Chinese airline,” said Ihssane Mounir, vice-president of sales and marketing for Northeast Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We share an enduring partnership with China Eastern and we are excited to see that the 737 family of airplanes will play an important role in their continued success.”

The new aircraft are to replace the carrier’s B737-300s currently deployed on regional routes.

China Eastern also has a firm order with Boeing for 20 B777-300ERs, with which it will replace the Airbus A340-600.

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Clement Huang

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