anounced that they had won the engine order many weeks before Airbus announced the sale. It seems that this has been a done deal for months but, for some odd reason, neither Airbus nor Air China were ready to sign until now.
For the record, A330 sales in China now number 44:
Air China: 20 x A330-200
China Eastern: 5 x A330-200 & 15 x A330-300
China Southern: 4 x A330-200
plus in Hong Kong...
Cathay: 29 x A330-300
Dragonair: 16 x A330-300
So, mainland + Hong Kong = 89. (And every one, interestingly, with RR
And, if you want to risk getting political, add in Taiwan and there's another 25:
China Airlines: 14 x A330-300
EVA: 11 x A330-200
(Both Taiwanese airlines have chosen GE
So, once they're all delivered that will be 114 A330s flying with B-???? registrations.
And, while I'm counting, and just to prove absolutely nothing, that compares with 87 767s and 777s of all models operating or on order in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
I guess this just further illustrates why Boeing needed the 787.