TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Taiwanese carrier China Airlines has announced plans to purchase eight additional Boeing 787-9 aircraft, supplementing its existing order of 16 units first revealed in August 2022 and confirmed the following month. 

The airline will finalize the option exercise for the eight widebody aircraft with the North American manufacturer in the near future, according to a statement released on May 10.

While no specific timeline for firming up its options was provided, China Airlines indicated it could convert the orders to the higher capacity -10 variant if necessary. The newly acquired aircraft will be deployed on regional flights, Oceania routes, and unspecified long-haul journeys to accommodate growing passenger demand in the post-pandemic era.

China Airlines stated that deliveries of its three-cabin-class 787s will take place between 2025 and 2028. Upon initially announcing its widebody commitments, the airline declared that the 787s would become the backbone of its medium-haul fleet, replacing its current fleet of 18 Airbus A330-300s.

The decision to select the 787 followed a widebody evaluation campaign launched in 2018. The 2020 coronavirus pandemic temporarily halted fleet renewal plans, but the airline resumed its evaluation in September 2021.