China Airlines has taken delivery of its first
Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range).
The new aircraft is the first of 10 Boeing
777-300ERs that the Taiwanese flag carrier plans to introduce in
the coming years.
China Airlines is using the Boeing 777-300ERs to
introduce a new cabin interior designed by award-winning Taiwanese
architect Ray Chen.
The airline configured the new aircraft to seat 358
passengers in a three-class layout highlighted by the new 'Family
Couch' seats in economy class, where three seats convert into a
flat surface for rest and relaxation.
"The introduction of the Boeing 777-300ER fleet
is an important milestone for China Airlines," said China Airlines
Chairman Huang-Hsiang Sun. "Over the past two years, China
Airlines has taken a broad new approach and philosophy to cabin
design. In addition to enhancing safety and fuel efficiency, China
Airlines is making a pioneering move in the airline industry to
incorporate Taiwan's cultural creativity into its cabin interior.
I am confident that this will leave a lasting impression on
passengers and enhance our competitiveness."
China Airlines will launch operations of their
first 777-300ER to Hong Kong this month and will eventually
introduce the airplane on transpacific routes, connecting Taipei
with major cities in North America, including Los Angeles, San
Francisco and New York.
The 777-300ER is equipped with GE90-115B commercial jet engines, and can
travel, with a standard three class configuration, a maximum range
of 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers).
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