Air China to Buy 45 Aircraft from Boeing

Company cites fuel efficiency for choice

Boeing announced on July 17 a $6.3 billion deal at catalogue prices to sell 30 medium-haul 737s and 15 long-haul 777s to state-owned Air China.

"These airplanes are the most fuel efficient in their classes," said Kong Dong, chairman of Air China, the second largest commercial airline in China.

"The 777-300ER will be the backbone of our long-haul international fleet and the new 737-800 will support our hub build-up and our company's domestic strategy," he said.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2008

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