26 February 2014
Boeing (NYSE: BA) said it has delivered the first 777-300ER (extended range) to China Southern Airlines, Asia´s largest airline in fleet size and number of passengers carried.
The new airplane is the first of 10 777-300ERs China Southern has on order with Boeing.
China Southern plans to operate its first 777-300ER on its new North America route, where it will be able to directly connect passengers in the southern region of China to the eastern coast of the United States.
China Southern Airlines, based in Guangzhou, has been a valued Boeing customer for 25 years. In 2013, China Southern was the first Chinese carrier to operate 787 Dreamliner. The airline was the first carrier in Asia to operate the 777 in 1995 and the first to operate 777s on nonstop routes across the Pacific Ocean, connecting Guangzhou and Los Angeles.