China Eastern cancels order for 24 Dreamliners

China Eastern Airlines has become the first Chinese airline to cancel B787 orders, opting instead for A330s and smaller B737s.


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China Eastern Airlines has become the first Chinese airline to cancel B787 orders, opting instead for A330s and smaller B737s. China Eastern Airlines executive director Luo Zhuping said in late-October that the global economic slowdown had made it more difficult for Chinese carriers to operate long-haul international routes.

 

With the B737/B787 announcement China Eastern also disclosed it was ordering 12 A330-200s and three A330-300s for delivery between 2013 and 2015. By dropping its order of 24 B787s (15 for China Eastern and nine for Shanghai Airlines, a subsidiary of China Eastern) for 45 B737NGs China Eastern retains the value of its order, with concessions.