News report from Taiwan's Commercial Times Newspaper on 25NOV06 filed a report that, China Airlines will place long-haul fleet order in the first half of 2007. The number of frames is 10.
The order will be based on 3 requirement: fuel efficiency, environmental friendly, and capacity. Boeing's 747-8/787-9 and Airbus 350XWB/380 are in consideration.
There will be no split order like its previous 2 major orders, since the number of frames to be ordered is 10.
High fuel price, eroding the airlines' profit forced the airline to postpone 10 747-8I order in Summer 2006. But it gives the airline more time to receive updates on A350XWB as well as the progress of possible scheduled link between Taiwan and China.
The carrier's long-haul fleet consist of 15 747-400 and 7 340-300. By 2010, most of these 744/340 will enter 10th year in service, a maximum age within the airline's standard. First aircraft to be ordered will arrive in 2010.