Paris Air Show Day 3: China Airlines Orders Airbus and Boeing, KLM Cityhopper Orders Embraer

Image courtesy of Airbus

It's been a busy day at the Paris Air Show for SkyTeam! China Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to upgrade both its passenger and cargo fleet with new Airbus and Boeing planes. China Airlines has ordered a total 25 of the popular A321neo aircraft with an additional 5 options. They plan to outright purchase 11 and lease the remaining 14. What's interesting is that China Airlines currently only operates Boeing 737s on shorter routes, so they are branching out to Airbus for the first time for their single aisle operations. I've flown China Airlines and they offer a fantastic business class and economy product on long routes.

Image courtesy of Boeing

China Airlines intends to order for up to 3 Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft with an additional 3 options. They currently operate a fleet of 18 of the freighter version of the 747 and are looking to modernize their fleet with the 777F.

Image courtesy of KLM

KLM Cityhopper, KLM's regional subsidiary, has placed an order for a total of 35 Embraer E195-E2 planes. They have 15 firm orders and 20 purchase options. KLM Cityhopper currently operates 50 Embraer aircraft already, including 1 E195, so these new planes will be a welcome addition. The majority will be larger than the 17 E175 and 32 E190 planes in service now.

E190-E2 Cabin

I recently flew an E190-E2, the smaller version, and I found the plane to be a great ride. It had a spacious feeling, given its recessed lighting and higher ceiling. There were also great amenities, like power ports and spacious tray tables. Of course, KLM Cityhopper will choose to fit it however they'd like, but I was rather impressed.


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