China Airlines orders six 777-300ERs

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China Airlines has placed a firm order for six Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a deal worth $2 billion at list prices.

No delivery schedule of the aircraft was mentioned, but Boeing says the aircraft, to be configured with more than 350 seats in three classes, will become the first 777s to join the Taiwanese carrier's fleet.

This order is part of China Airlines' long-haul fleet renewal plans. The aircraft will be used on transpacific flights between North America and Asia, adds Boeing.

Last week, the SkyTeam alliance member announced that it will lease four 777-300ERs from GE Capital Aviation Services, to be delivered in 2014 and used on European and North American routes.

China Airlines operates a fleet of 69 Airbus A330s, A340s, 737s and 747s.