China Airlines has opted for the Airbus A321neo to replace its narrowbody fleet, and has also signed a deal for six Boeing 777 Freighters.
The Taiwanese carrier – which currently has a narrowbody fleet that comprises 18 737s, Cirium's Fleets Analyzer shows – says it will first lease 14 A321neos, to enter service from 2021, and will also start negotiations for an additional 11 firm orders and five options.
"After assessing all relevant aircraft features and considering the congestion of neighboring airports in Asia, China Airlines have selected Airbus A321neo as the optimum aircraft for the regional narrowbody operations," the airline states.
It has separately disclosed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing for three firm 777 Freighters, plus three options, as it looks to replace some older 747-400F jets in service. The new cargo aircraft are to be operated on routes to Europe and North America.