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Ruili Airlines finalizes its order for six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

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Ruili Airlines and Boeing announced on July 13 at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow the finalization of an order for six 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $1.59 billion at current list prices. The order represents the first widebody order for the Yunnan-based carrier.

Ruili Airlines first announced an intent to order the six 787-9 Dreamliners in May at the ceremony for the airline’s two-year anniversary.

Established in February 2014, Ruili operates a fleet of nine 737 airplanes on 16 domestic routes with 46 daily departures. The start-up carrier plans to expand its fleet to 70 airplanes by the end of 2025.

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Airberlin retires its last “own” Boeing 737-700, delivers it to Ruili Airlines

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Airberlin (Berlin) is marching towards an all-Airbus fleet in the near future. However TUIfly is likely to operate the Boeing 737 type for Airberlin until at least 2019.

The company retired their last “own” Boeing 737-700 (D-ABLD) with the delivery to Ruili Airlines (Kunming) this month as B-6110 via Azur Aviation as N317AB.

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The last AB revenue service for D-ABLD was from Milan (Linate) to Berlin (Tegel) on August 9, 2015 as flights BER 725C / AB 8739.

Delivery to Ruili Airlines via Azur Aviation was conducted on September 22-23 (Budapest – Almaty – Tianjin – Kunming).

The remaining six 737-700s (D-AGEC, D-AHXC, D-AHXE, D-AHXF, D-AHXG and D-AHXJ are leased from and operated by TUIfly.

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Copyright Photo: Günter Mayer. Boeing 737-76J D-ABLD (msn 36117) is pictured at night on the gate at Nuremberg on March 17, 2009.

Thank you to Günter Mayer reporting from Nuremberg, Germany.

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Fast-growing Ruili Airlines commits to purchase 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Ruili Airlines (Kunming, Yunnan, China) today announced at the Paris Air Show that the airline has committed to purchase 30 737 MAXs with the financial support of AVIC International Leasing, amid a surge in China’s passenger traffic.

The commitment, valued at $3.2 billion at current list prices, will be subject to the approval of the Chinese government and will be posted on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.

Currently, Ruili Airlines operates 34 daily flights on 11 scheduled routes with a fleet of five Boeing 737 airplanes. According to its development plan, the start-up carrier will expand its fleet to seven aircraft by the end of this year and 26 by 2020.

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Ruili Airlines obtained its public air transport enterprise business license from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in February 2014, marking the formal establishment of the carrier. The start-up airline is the first private carrier approved by CAAC after the regulator relaxed restrictions on new carriers in 2013.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Ruili Airlines already operates both the Boeing 737-700 and the 737-800. The pictured Boeing 737-86J D-ABMX (msn 37786) became B-1960 on delivery.

 

Ruili Airlines orders 60 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

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Ruili Airlines (Kunming, Yunnan) is expanding rapidly. The relatively new airline is planning to expand its small fleet with Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by the end of 2025. The fast-growing Chinese carrier will acquire 60 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (believed to be a mixture of MAX 7, MAX 8 and MAX 9 models) from two leasing companies, AVIC International Leasing Company and Minsheng Financial Leasing Company, according to Zacks.

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Ruili Airlines formally started passenger operations on May 18, 2014 between its Kunming (KMG) base in southern China and Mangshi (LUX).

As previously reported, Ruili Airlines is owned by the Yunnan Jingcheng Group.

Three aircraft, two Boeing 737-700s and the pictured 737-800 were delivered in order to commence operations in 2014. The current fleet is now five aircraft.

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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured ex-Airberlin Boeing 737-86J D-ABMX became B-1960 (msn 37786) with Ruili Airlines.

Boeing delivers the first direct purchase 737-700 to Ruili Airlines

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) on Saturday (November 22) handed over the first direct purchase 737-700 to Ruili Airlines (Kunming), the pictured 737-7ME B-5829 (msn 60460). The new airliner departed Boeing Field in Seattle on the same day for its long journey to Kunming, China. Today, Boeing issued this announcement on the arrival in Kunming:

Boeing and Ruili Airlines today (November 25) celebrated the arrival of the airline’s first direct purchase Next-Generation 737-700. Ruili is a newly established private airline based at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, the capital city of China’s Yunnan province.

The new airplane is the first of 14 737 orders and commitments from Ruili Airlines, including eight 737-700s and six 737 MAXs. The carrier currently operates two 737-700s and one 737-800 serving seven domestic routes in China.

Ruili Airlines obtained its public air transport enterprise business license from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in February 2014, marking the formal establishment of the carrier. The start-up airline is the first private carrier approved by CAAC after the regulator relaxed restrictions on new carriers in 2013. According to its development plan, Ruili Airlines plans to increase its fleet to 30 Boeing airplanes by 2020, with around 120 daily flights on 60 to 70 routes.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/www.vrefphotos.com/AirlinersGallery.com. A beautiful capture of the new B-5829 at Boeing Field in Seattle.

Ruili Airlines launches flight operations in Yunnan, China

Ruili Airlines (Kunming, Yunnan) formally started passenger operations on May 18 between its Kunming (KMG) base in southern China and Mangshi (LUX).

As previously reported, Ruili Airlines is owned by the Yunnan Jingcheng Group. In August 2013 the new airline ordered 18 Boeing 737 aircraft. Three aircraft, two Boeing 737-700s and the pictured 737-800 were delivered in order to commence operations.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Airberlin Boeing 737-86J D-ABMX (msn 37786) became B-1960 when it was delivered to Ruili Airlines on April 16, 2014.

 

Ruili Airlines is a new airline in Yunnan Province of China

Ruili Airlines (Kunming, Yunnan, China) is a new airline located in the remote Yunnan province of China. The province is in the southwest portion of China. The airline is named after trading city of Ruili which is on the border with Myanmar.

The new airline is acquiring two Boeing 737-700s (B-5811 and B-5812) and the pictured former Airberlin Boeing 737-800.

According to CAPA, the airline received its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) on January 22, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured brand new Boeing 737-86J D-ABMX (msn 37786) was handed over to Airberlin on December 19, 2013. D-ABMX was repainted by KLM at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. It is pictured at AMS yesterday (February 3) departing for Berlin and its imminent delivery to China as B-1960.