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Frontiers February 2013 Issue

32 BOEING FRONTIERS / FEBRUARY 2013 Strategically located in the heart of Asia, China Airlines is positioned for growth. It’s already Taiwan’s largest carrier. And its home market, regional cross-strait traffic, has continued to expand. China Airlines now operates more than 100 scheduled passenger flights per week from Taiwan to mainland China. What’s more, Taipei has quickly developed into a major hub in Asia for global passengers and air cargo. The decades-long partnership with Boeing grew significantly when the airline placed an order in 1999 for 13 747-400 Freighters— Boeing’s largest 747 Freighter order ever. Doing so bolstered China Airlines’ all-Boeing 747 Freighter fleet and propelled it to become one of the world’s largest 747 Freighter operators. It was only fitting that China Airlines would take delivery of the last four passenger 747-400s to be manufactured by Boeing in 2004–2005. Those long-range airplanes helped expand the airline’s rapidly growing global network, which led to China Airlines’ officially joining the global SkyTeam alliance in 2011, and SkyTeam Cargo the following year. “China Airlines is a leading global airline committed to providing passengers with world-class service to 112 destinations across 28 countries and four continents,” said Huang-Hsiang Sun, presi-dent of China Airlines. “We will continue to expand our global network and introduce new airplanes, such as the 777-300ER, which feature new interiors that will enhance the flying experience for our passengers.” The airline, based in the northwestern Taiwan city of Taoyuan, finalized its first-ever order for 777s in December, announcing plans to add six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) to its long-haul fleet. The order comes as the carrier enjoys unprecedented growth in air traffic, as well as demand from neighboring Asian countries following the recent signing of open-skies agreements with Japan and Singapore. “China Airlines has truly solidified itself among the world’s leading airlines,” said John Wojick, senior vice president of Global Sales, Commercial Airplanes, referring to the airline’s becoming Boeing’s newest 777 customer. The introduction of 777-300ERs will provide China Airlines with added flexibility as well as improved airplane performance and eco-nomics to its long-haul fleet, Wojick said, adding: “The 777-300ER is the flagship of the world’s most successful airlines and with China Airlines joining the SkyTeam alliance, it is a perfect fit.” China Airlines became Taiwan’s first airline to participate in an international airline alliance, which is expected to benefit passengers on cross-strait, inter-airline travel and improve online booking on mutual websites. Just last month, the airline partnered with SkyTeam’s members, including China Eastern, China Southern and Xiamen Air, to launch the “Greater China Connection” program. As China Airlines continues to prosper, it has implemented a fleet modernization program that will increase the fleet to 100 air-planes within the next 10 years. The airline currently operates 72 airplanes, including 44 from Boeing that consist of 747-400 passenger airplanes and freighters, and 737-800s. With its latest order for the 777-300ER, that long partnership is certain to grow. n kevin.k.yoo@boeing.com Global reach Taiwan’s largest carrier looks to expand with Boeing jetliners By Kevin Yoo GRAPHIC: An artist’s concept of the Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) in the China Airlines livery. China Airlines became Boeing’s newest 777 customer when it finalized an order for six 777-300ERs in December 2012. BOEING


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