Airbus and Boeing officials has both announced that China Airlines has decided to order 12 A330-300, and 6-8 B747-400 (types unknown). The 744 apparently to be Letter of Intent (LOI).
It has been approved by the officials, which Airbus gets the order equivalent to USD$1.5 billion, while Boeing gets USD$1.2 billion.
Both Taiwan and CI spokesperson say "we have no idea" on such news.
The A330 will begin replacing current 12 A300-600R from 2004. The 744 type is unknown, but it makes sense to CI's fleet, as CI's cargo market has the need for additional 744.
With this move, CI and Taiwan avoids boycott from EU and avoid to be labelled as "unfriendly" to US with recent helps.
The news analysts says that is a wise move for CI to buy 744, since Boeing's planes is always more expensive than Airbus. Plus it would cost CI a lot of money for getting 777s.
Reported by UDN News