China Eastern's Yunnan branch ends CRJ200 operations

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China Eastern Airlines' Yunnan Branch has taken the last of its Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft out of service.

The aircraft, with registration B3021, served its last flight on 30 March on the Shenyang-Kunming route.

China Eastern first signed an agreement with Bombardier in 2001 for six CRJ200s for its Yunnan branch. The first aircraft was delivered in 2001, and the carrier has since been using the jets on domestic services, and services within Southeast Asia.

The carrier's Yunnan branch will now rely on its fleet of 43 Boeing 737s, including the recently added -800 variants, for short and medium-haul routes. It also has an Airbus A330-300 widebody.

Last year, China Eastern also signed a deal with Airbus for 60 A320s, with the condition of selling a batch of regional jets to the airframer. These include eight Bombardier CRJs and 10 Embraer regional jets.

China Eastern will be adding 56 new aircraft into its fleet this year, the majority of which will be narrowbodies. These include 22 A320s, 26 737NGs and eight A330s.