On a sunny Everett friday morning, press, dignitaries, and staff all gathered on the ramp outside the Everett Delivery Center. Â In front of us was a brand-new Boeing 777-300ER, a giant red ribbon, and two dragons. Â China Airlines is the newest carrierÂ to receive this twin-jet, and since this was their first of the type, a large ceremony was called for.
China Airlines has been a Boeing customer for over half of a century. Â Their first Boeing aircraft was the 727, which entered them into the era of flying internationally within southeast Asia. Â Then, in 1970, they added the Boeing 707, which allowed them to begin transpacific flights to San Francisco.
Soon enough, they were expanding and other North American destinations were added. Â The airline grew, taking on 747s and, after the years passed, they had a fleet of 13 747-400s flying around the world.
In fact, they were the final customer of the 747-400 in its passenger form, taking delivery of that aircraft (B-18215) on the 26th of April, 2005. Â Fast-forward nineÂ years later, and the airline is taking their newest Boeing aircraft, the 777-300ER.