SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — China Airlines finalized an order for up to 24 787 Dreamliner aircraft as the carrier continues to grow and modernize its fleet with newer generation and fuel-efficient widebody jetliners. It is also a landmark order for the Taiwanese flag carrier to achieve its long-term sustainability target.

The new Dreamliners are intended to support the Asian carrier's cargo operations along with scheduled passenger flights. The order comprises a firm order for 16 of the Dreamliner Family's longest-range variant 787-9 with options for eight additional aircraft of the same type.

"We are excited to introduce the 787-9 Dreamliner into our operations as we continue to upgrade our fleet with more modern, fuel-efficient airplanes. Adding the state-of-the-art 787 will help us reduce carbon emissions while also providing our customers with unmatched levels of comfort,"

Said China Airlines Chairman Hsieh Su-Chien.

"Our continuous investment in fleet modernization is the cornerstone of our sustainability efforts. The 787's best-in-class efficiency and low operating costs will allow us to expand our network for years to come,"

Su-Chien added.

The new 787-9s of China Airlines will reduce fuel use and emissions by up to 25% compared to the aircraft they will replace. Boeing's Dreamliners have enabled airlines to open more than 325 new nonstop routes and reduce carbon emissions by 80 billion pounds since they have entered service in 2011.

"The 787's superior fuel efficiency and range, combined with China Airlines' existing fleet of 777-300ERs, will enable the carrier to grow efficiently and expand its global route network,"

Said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing's senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing.

"This is a milestone order in our continuing partnership with China Airlines, and the market-leading efficiencies of the 787 will play an important role in furthering the airline's sustainability efforts,"

Mounir added.

Powered by advanced engines and a suite of environmentally progressive technologies, the 787 family has an airport-noise footprint that is 60% smaller than the previous generation of airplanes. In addition, the 787's revolutionary composite structures resist corrosion and are ideal for operating in warm and humid climates served by Taipei-based airline.

The FAA cleared Boeing to resume 787 Dreamliner deliveries two months ago, which had been halted over quality issues since May 2021. The FAA approved the changes made by Boeing in August 2022 to ensure that the 787 Dreamliner meets all certification standards.

Boeing's largest customers, such as United Airlines and American Airlines, couldn't take delivery of new Dreamliners while the demand for air travel airline began to rise this summer after the pandemic sloved.

China Airlines has 22 Boeing jets on order, including six 777 Freighters. The airline also operates ten Boeing 777-300ERs.