Air China was a relatively early customer for the 777 receiving ten aircraft in two batches. B-2059-2064 are series 2J6s and arrived from October 1998-August 1999 whilst B-2065-2069 were series 29Ls and arrived from May 2000 to June 2001. The 777s, not being ER versions, were primarily designed for high density regional routes and are to be replaced by new A330-300s in the near future. Air China additionally has selected the stretched 777-300ER for its long-haul operations and 20 began to join the fleet in July 2011.
The two aircraft selected for the Fenghuang Hao (Phoenix Liner) schemes were both Boeing 777-2J6s in the form of B-2059 and B-2060. They were repainted in February 2009 into similar schemes but finished in different colours. B-2059 wears a Blue variant and B-2060 a red variant. The aircraft are based at Beijing and regularly used on trunk routes to domestic cities like Shenzhen, Shanghai and Guangzhou but also commonly operate regional international services to Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taipei.
2008. CNW. Zijin Hao Takes to the Skies; Air China Adds Another Painted Airliner to Its Fleet
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