Paris, France - China Airlines has placed an order for 11 A320neo family jets on the third day of the Show. The order commitment by the Taiwanese carrier is valued at $1.4 billion at list prices.
China Airlines had announced the leasing of 14 Airbus A320neo in May. With this new order, the Asian carrier paves the way for switching its medium-haul fleet to an all-Airbus A320neo fleet.
The Taiwanese airline currently operates an all-Boeing narrow-body fleet that consists of 18 Boeing 737-800.
Airlines rarely proceed with radical changes in their fleets to avoid extra costs including pilot training. In normal conditions, China Airlines could be expected to replace its 737-800s with the 737 MAXs.
But the uncertainty surrounding the grounded aircraft and the confidence problem by the operators and passengers after two deadly crashes, airlines are heading other alternatives.
The exception of this became the unexpected letter of intent from IAG for a colossal 737 MAX order.
When it comes to cargo fleet, China Airlines remains loyal to Boeing. With the order for six Boeing 777F, the company has started the replacement process of its older Boeing 747-400Fs in its freight branch. China Airlines' current cargo fleet comprises 18 Boeing 747-400 and ten Boeing 777.