Greater Bay Airlines, a new Hong Kong-based carrier, has placed an order for 15 Boeing B737-9 airplanes and five B787 Dreamliners, as part of its long-term strategy to expand its international long-haul flight network. The airline, which began operations in July 2022, plans to utilize the B737-9 aircraft’s enhanced capacity and range to expand its flight routes between Hong Kong, major Asian cities, and the Chinese mainland, while also lowering its operating costs.
The new aircraft order will also allow Greater Bay Airlines to add more flights to its existing destinations of Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, and Seoul. With the addition of the new planes, the airline will be able to operate more flights from Hong Kong to other major cities in Asia, and the Chinese mainland, taking advantage of the three-runway system at Hong Kong International Airport, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.
Wong Cho Bau, Chairman of Greater Bay Airlines, said that the B737-9 aircraft will enable the airline to open up new routes from Hong Kong with unmatched economics, offering fantastic growth opportunities and striving for excellence in an innovative way for its valued customers.
According to Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Greater Bay Airlines’ commitment to the B737-9 is a significant endorsement of Boeing’s 737 MAX family and its ability to serve new markets.
The B737-9 aircraft has a capacity of over 190 passengers, between two classes, with a range of 3,300 nautical miles. It is expected to become the backbone of Greater Bay Airlines’ future fleet as the airline seeks to expand its network and establish itself as a leading player in the international aviation industry.
With the growing demand for air travel in Asia, Greater Bay Airlines’ move to expand its fleet and international routes is a strategic decision that could yield significant benefits for the company in the long run. The airline’s commitment to innovation and providing excellent service to its customers could also help it stand out in a highly competitive market.