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China Airlines receives delivery of Boeing 737

TAIPEI--China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest carrier, received delivery on Friday of the last of three new Boeing 737-800 jets it ordered in late 2012 to strengthen its competitiveness in the Asia Pacific region.

The new 737-800s offer a high degree of operational flexibility and efficiency to the carrier, CAL Chairman Sun Huang-hsiang said Saturday, explaining that the aircraft will allow the airline to strengthen its competitiveness on short-haul routes.

The latest delivery brought the total number of aircraft owned by CAL to 79, including 58 passenger jets and 21 freighters. The airline is also scheduled to receive one Airbus A330-300 by the end of June and three Boeing 777-300ERs in September.

In addition, CAL said it will introduce 14 A350-900s starting in 2016 to increase its capacity on medium-haul routes.

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