Taiwan’s flag carrier, China Airlines has taken delivery of the world’s first co-branded Boeing 777-300ER in a ceremony held at the US manufacturer’s Everett facility. The handover of the jet, B-18007 (c/n 43982), comes 12 years after the airline become the first to use Boeing’s co-branded livery on a 747-409, B-18210 (c/n 33734), which was nicknamed the ‘Blue Whale’.
Speaking at the delivery ceremony on on May 16, Steve Chang, Vice President of Corporate Planning, China Airlines said: “We are delighted to celebrate 100 years of Boeing by working together with the manufacturer to accomplish the first co-branded livery on a 777-300ER. This is our tenth 777 from Boeing and since our first example entered service in 2014, we have been exceedingly satisfied with its outstanding performance which was further affirmed by our happy passengers.”
Each of China Airlines’ ten 777-300ERs are configured in a three-class layout with 358 seats including the new ‘Family Couch’ in Economy. It is the only airline in North Asia incorporate this feature – where three Economy seats convert into a flat surface to provide passengers with additional space for rest and relaxation.