China Southern to retire old Boeing 777s

China Southern currently operates three different types of Boeing 777 (photo by TonyV3112)
China Southern currently operates three different types of Boeing 777 (photo by TonyV3112)

China Southern Airlines will retire it fleet of older Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.

The airline has four of the twin-aisle aircraft remaining in its fleet, with the final flight due to depart on 7 December 2014. They will be replaced by China Southern’s new fleet of B777-300ERs and B787-8 Dreamliners.

The old B777-200ER has been operated by China Southern for 19 years, serving long-haul routes to Europe, North America and Australia. The airline ordered six B777-series aircraft from Boeing in 1992, including four B777-200ERs, with the first being delivered in December 1995.

The aircraft is fitted with 284 seats – 56 more than the B787 but 25 fewer than the B777-300ER. Following the retirements, China Southern will operate a fleet of more than 50 twin-aisle jets, including B777s, B787s, Airbus A330s and A380s.

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