Last week, a first-time customer for the 777-300ER took home its first airplane. China Southern still has nine more 777-300ER deliveries to go as part of its network expansion plans.
Ready for delivery— China Southern’s first 777-300ER.
China Southern’s first 777-300ER takes off from Paine Field in Everett.
Two other new customers of the 777-300ER, China Airlines and China Eastern, are also taking delivery of their first airplane in 2014.
The 777-300ER will be a key part of our transition from the 777 to the new 777X. In just the past three years, we’ve sold 270 777-300ERs, including the historic order for 50 from Emirates. The airplane is in a market of its own when it comes to efficiency and reliability. And after transitioning production from the Next-Generation 737 to the new 737 MAX, we’re confident we can do the same thing with the 777-300ER and the 777X.
The new 777X.
Unlike the future competition, the 777-300ER is available for delivery much sooner. We fully expect that customers flying older 777s will look to replace them with new 777-300ERs. Other customers will no doubt pair orders for the 777X with the 777-300ER. And as the air cargo market starts to make a comeback, don’t forget about the 777 Freighter.
We have a lot of tools we can use to make this transition successful. I expect the 777-300ER to continue its own success story for a long time to come. Check out the new video below that really showcases the 777.