CHINA YUNNAN Airlines is to become the second operator of Rolls-Royce-powered Boeing 767s when it takes delivery in May 1996 of the first of three aircraft on firm order. The subsequent RB.211-524H-powered -300s will be delivered in June 1996 and January 1997.

Until Yunnan's order, only British Airways had selected the UK engine manufacturer to power all 25 -300ER versions of the 767 which it now has on order.

The Chinese carrier will operate the three 767s on long-haul and domestic services from its Kunming base in Yunnan Province. China Yunnan, which also operates a fleet of eight 737-300s, also holds options on three more 767s.

The new order takes total orders of the 767 to 690. The R-R portion of the deal, including options, is worth £70 million.

Source: Flight International