Wolfy From Taiwan, joined Mar 2001, 337 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 807 times:
Hmm, interesting article to share!
Air China in talks to buy ten 737s
Air China is in discussions to swap two in-service Boeing 747-400s for an order covering ten 737-700s or –800s.
Industry sources say the potential deal has already been tentatively endorsed by the Chinese Government although they say the carrier may not be willing to finalise it anytime soon as a result of recent tensions between China and the USA.
An airline source says only that such a deal is "under consideration".
Air China currently operates seven 737-800s and has three more on firm order. It also operates 19 older 737-300s.
The carrier's 747-400 fleet includes six all-passenger variants and eight Combis, all of which are powered by Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines.
In 1999 P&W agree to purchase four 747SPs from Air China as part of a deal covering firm orders for eight PW6000-powered Airbus A318s, which are due for delivery from next year.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 755 times:
I agree with PhilB, the Chinese government would like the entire Chinese airline industry to reorganize into 3 carriers I believe; which carrier will do what remains to be seen. Thus, under the proposed plans, the 744s are likely to no longer be necessary.
I again agree with PhilB that the 744s could probably be sold quickly by Boeing to one of the current 744 operators.