China Eastern Airlines is adding its first long-range Boeing jets to its fleet.
Boeing announced today that the airline is ordering 20 of its popular 777-300ER jets. That order is subject to government approval.
When that order is approved, it will raise Boeing’s sales of the 777 to 26 aircraft for the year so far.
At the $298.3 million list price for the 777-300ER, the order would total nearly $6 billion. Most large orders, however, earn airlines substantial discounts off the company’s list prices.
China Easter now flies single-aisle, medium-range Boeing 737s in its fleet, but no long-range Boeing jets. The Chinese carrier has Airbus A330s and A340s in its fleet to handle long-haul duties.
The A340, a four-engine jet, is being replaced by many world airlines with the 777 because of its relatively high fuel consumption.
The 777-300ER in a typical seating configuration can carry 365 passengers more than 9,000 miles non-stop.
The planes will be built in Boeing’s wide-bodied assembly plant in Everett.