Air China Orders Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental
Boeing today proudly announced that they have won a new customer for their slow-selling 747-8I. Air China today signed an agreement for the purchase of five 747-8 Intercontinental. So far the only two customers have been Lufthansa (20) and Korean Air (5).
The agreement requires Chinese government approval.
“Air China has been operating 747s since the 1980s,” said He Li, vice president of Air China. “The new, high capacity Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental will deliver exceptional economics and a great flying experience to our customers.”
Air China, the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China, will use the airplanes to expand its international routes.
The new 747-8 Intercontinental carries 467 passengers in a three-class configuration. The airplane features a new wing design, an upgraded flight deck and improved engines (GEnx-2B). The interior incorporates features from the 787 Dreamliner including a new curved architecture that will give passengers a greater sense of space.