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B747s Swap For B737s?!

Sat Jun 02, 2001 9:56 pm

Hmm, interesting article to share!  Smile

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.

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RE: B747s Swap For B737s?!

Sat Jun 02, 2001 11:52 pm

This was reported in the current edition of Flight International.

Given the restructuring of the Chinese airline scene, this could make a great deal of sense - presumably Boeing can place the 400srs quite easily and at a reasonable price.
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RE: B747s Swap For B737s?!

Sat Jun 02, 2001 11:57 pm

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.