Boeing has delivered the first aircraft to Ruili Airlines, the start-up carrier based in southwest China’s Yunnan province.
The new Boeing 737-700 aircraft is the first of an order for 14 aircraft placed with Boeing, comprising eight B737-700s and six fuel-efficient B737 MAXs. The new jet becomes the third aircraft in Ruili’s fleet, joining two leased B737s.
“This is a momentous step forward for Ruili Airlines as we continue to enhance our fleet,” said Ma Zhanwei, president of Ruili Airlines. “We hope that the competitive advantages offered by the 737 will enable us to grow from a start-up airline to a driving force in China’s aviation industry.”
Ruili Airlines, which launched its first flights in February, is based at Kunming’s Changshui International Airport.
It plans to increase its fleet to 30 Boeing aircraft by 2020, by which time it will operate around 120 daily flights on up to 70 routes.