China Airlines to lease four new Boeing 777-300 ERs from GECAS, orders six from Boeing

GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, announced today it will lease four new Boeing 777-300 ERs to China Airlines (Taipei). This is a new aircraft type for CAL.

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The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2014 to modernize the airline’s long-haul wide-body fleet. All four leased aircraft come from GECAS’ existing order book with Boeing.

In addition, on December 21, Boeing and China Airlines announced an order for six 777-300 ERs (Extended Range) airplanes. The order is valued at approximately $2 billion at list prices.

Taiwan’s flag carrier is in the midst of renewing its long-haul fleet and plans to operate the new 777-300 ERs on new trans-Pacific flights between North America and Asia.

In November 2011, GECAS announced it will lease four new Airbus A330-300 aircraft to China Airlines. Delivery of the first two aircraft from GECAS’ existing order book with Airbus was in October and December 2012.

In addition to the four A330-300s and four 777-300 ERs scheduled for delivery in the next three years, GECAS currently leases eight Embraer ERJ 190s to Mandarin Airlines (Taipei), a subsidiary of China Airlines.

Founded in 1959, China Airlines is a full-service flag carrier of Taiwan, operating a fleet of 72 regional and international aircraft to over 112 destinations in 28 countries across Asia and to Oceania, Europe and the U.S.

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom. The new Triple Sevens will partially replace the older Boeing 747-400s. Boeing 747-409 N168CL (msn 29906) taxies across the apron at New York’s JFK International Airport.

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