Juneyao Airlines and Boeing announced the finalization of an order for five 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at about $1.32 billion at current list prices.
This new order, which also includes options for five more 787-9s, represents the Shanghai-based private airline’s first Boeing order and first widebody airplane order.
Juneyao Airlines, one of China’s largest private carriers, was founded in 2005 and started operation in 2006. It currently operates domestic routes and short-haul international flights to neighboring countries such as Japan, South Korea and Thailand. The carrier plans to open new routes to North America, Europe and Australia by 2020.
9 Air (Guangzhou) is China’s newest low-cost airline and is also a subsidiary of Juneyao Airlines (Shanghai). 9 Air is poised to become another all-Boeing operator in China with plans to finalize an order with Boeing for 50 Boeing 737s including the new 737 MAX. The new low-cost carrier plans to launch domestic services to meet growing air traffic demand in China later this year.
Boeing issued this statement:
Boeing is pleased that 9 Air has committed to 50 Boeing 737s, including Next-Generation 737s and 737 MAXs. The airline intends to introduce the world’s best-selling, 737 family of airplanes into its fleet as it prepares to launch revenue service later this year.
The order will be posted as such to Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.
This is a victory for Boeing as the parent, Juneyao Airlines, is a loyal Airbus A320 operator.
GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, announced it will lease five new Airbus A320 aircraft and two new A321 aircraft to Juneyao Airlines (Shanghai) to expand the airline’s fleet.
GECAS delivered the first two A320 aircraft in September and October. The remaining A320s are scheduled for delivery in 2013 and the two A321s are scheduled for delivery in 2014. All seven aircraft come from GECAS’ existing order book with Airbus.
Juneyao started operations in 2006 as one of China’s privateairlines. Today it operates a fleet of more than 30 aircraft to some 50 destinations in China, serving mainly business travelers between Shanghai and the manufacturing region of the Pearl River Delta.
Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Airbus A320-214 F-WWDN (msn 3605) became B-6396 on delivery.
Juneyao Airlines’ (Shanghai) pilot in charge is under investigation by Chinese officials concerning an August 13 incident. On that day the crew of a Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER declared a low fuel emergency after the Doha to Shanghai (Pudong) was ordered to divert to Shanghai (Hongqiao) due to a thunderstorm.
Air traffic controllers at Hongqiao Airport, about 30 miles from Pudong Airport, ordered the Juneyao pilot to abort its approach and circle the airport and allow the Qatar plane to land first, but the Juneyao pilot refused to yield according to local reports. The Juneyao crew has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.