Thursday, September 25, 2014

China Eastern Takes Delivery of First 777-300ER – In New (Bland) Livery

China Eastern's first Boeing 777-300ER seen next to the Future of Flight - Photo: Jeremy Dwyer Lindgren / NYCAviation.com

China Eastern’s first Boeing 777-300ER seen next to the Future of Flight – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer Lindgren / NYCAviation.com

Covering a story for AirlineReporter can be a dangerous business. Originally we had our Lee Zerrilla heading to the reveal of China Eastern’s first Boeing 777-300ER, when BAM he got in a minor accident. Lee is okay, but sad he was not able to make it to the event.

Have no fear, our good friends at NYCAviation (and photographer Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren) were nice enough to share their photos and information about the aircraft (thanks guys!).

Although, the photos end up showing what, I think, is a pretty ugly livery, it is what is on the inside that counts with this bird.

This is not the first time we have seen China Eastern’s new livery on the 777. We saw it when it came out of the paint booth and I have to say that I wasn’t a fan. Heck, I might have even called it the worst livery ever. Maybe a tad bit harsh, but I am just not a fan of these bland designs.

Okay. The livery doesn't look half bad in the sunset - Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | NYCAviation.com

Okay. The livery doesn’t look half bad in the sunset – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | NYCAviation.com

Some wondered if this was a temporary livery, but no, this is China Eastern’s new official livery.

The new logo on the tail is not so bad. It is a swallow consisting of the letters C and E, which represents the airline’s name. Sure, that is fine and dandy, but why so boring for the rest of the aircraft?

The airline was more excited to show off the new interior of the aircraft, which is probably the part that most passengers will care most about.

The large first class cabin on China Eastern's 777-300ER - Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | NYCAviation.com

The large first class cabin on China Eastern’s 777-300ER – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | NYCAviation.com

Each of the new 777-300ERs will have a three-cabin layout: first, business, and economy. The first row in first class is in a 1-1 configuration, while the second row, located behind a bar area, is in a 1-2-1 layout.

The double suite bed in China Eastern's first class - Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgre | NYCAvation.com

The double suite bed in China Eastern’s first class – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | NYCAvation.com

The middle seats in the 1-2-1 set up can combine to create one large suite with enough room for… well… use your imagination (mostly just allows passengers to get a good night’s sleep).

The suites feature 80 inches of seat pitch and their own sliding doors, creating your own world within the aircraft.

China Eastern's new business class product - Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | NYCAviation.com

China Eastern’s new business class product – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | NYCAviation.com

The business class section has 52 seats and is in a 1-2-1 configuration, giving every passenger the much desired aisle access. The seats lie flat with 46″ of pitch and the expected large screens and power ports for charging.

The economy cabin is configured with 10 seats abreast - Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | NYCAviation.com

The economy cabin is configured with 10 seats abreast – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | NYCAviation.com

For those sitting in the back of the plane, they will find the economy section configured with 10 seats abreast in a 3-4-3 layout with a range of 32-33″ of seat pitch. Each passenger gets their own on-demand eX3 entertainment system which is leaps and bounds better than the old-school, ceiling-mounted IFE system found in their Airbus A340-600s.

Economy seats in a pink hue - Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | NYCAviation.com

Economy seats in a pink hue – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | NYCAviation.com

Of course the airline was excited to take delivery of the first of 20 777s that they have on order.

“We are delighted to introduce our first 777-300ER in China Eastern’s new look in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the 777-300ER program,” said Liu Shaoyong, Chairman of China Eastern Airlines. “The delivery not only marks a milestone in the long-standing business relationship between China Eastern and Boeing, but also signals the modernization of our world-class fleet and the enhancement of the competitiveness of our trans-Pacific routes.”

The 777 next to the Future of Flight at Paine Field - Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | NYCAviation.com

The 777 next to the Future of Flight at Paine Field – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | NYCAviation.com

China Eastern plans to use the 777s to add new cities in North America and increase frequencies to some of the cities they currently serve, like Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Toronto.

The new aircraft will start service in November from Shanghai to LAX (the airline uses the A330-200 currently) and JFK (the airline uses the A340-600 currently).

A brand spanking new Boeing 777-300ER at Paine Field showing China Eastern's new livery- Photo: Bernie Leighton

China Eastern’s first 777-300ER during flight testing at Paine Field – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

“We are honored to play an integral role in China Eastern’s growing success as a leading global airline,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 777-300ER is a perfect fit for China Eastern’s long-haul fleet and we are pleased to celebrate this milestone delivery together.”

Let’s just hope someday they make a change to that livery.

   David Parker Brown – Editor-in-Chief & Founder 

David started AirlineReporter in the summer of 2008, but has had a passion for aviation since he was a kid. Born and raised in the Seattle area (where he is currently based) has surely had an influence and he couldn't imagine living anywhere else in the world.

 @ARdpb | Flickr |YouTube | david@airlinereporter.com

The post China Eastern Takes Delivery of First 777-300ER – In New (Bland) Livery appeared first on AirlineReporter.com.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...