China Airlines switches to 777s after buying A350s

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China Airlines has confirmed a previously announced order for six Boeing 777-300ERs worth $2 billion at list prices.

The 777 order rules out the Airbus A350-1000 as a replacement for the Taiwan-based carrier's fleet of aging Boeing 747-400s.

China Airlines also is buying 14 A350-900s to replace the A340-300s. That order included options for an additional six A350s, but so far those have not been exercised.

The board of China Airlines decided to buy the 777-300ER over the A350-1000 on 6 December.

Boeing will deliver the 777-300ERs with 350 seats in a three-class configuration to serve transpacific flights to North America cities within a range of 14,490km (7,825nm), Boeing says.

China Airlines also will acquire four more 777-300ERs from GE Capital Aviation Services, Boeing says.