Boeing, China Airlines celebrate delivery of world's first co-branded 777

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and China Airlines have celebrated the delivery of the world´s first co-branded 777, marking the carrier´s 10th 777-300ER, the company said.

In 2004, China Airlines began to use Boeing´s co-branded livery on its latest 747-400, nicknaming the airplane the “Blue Whale.”

With this delivery, China Airlines now operates a fleet of 10 777-300ERs and continues to bolster its long-haul routes to the North American and European markets. Taiwan´s flag carrier also introduced a new, state-of-the-art cabin interior onboard its 777-300ERs designed by award-winning Taiwanese architect Ray Chen.

Each of the airline´s 10 777-300ERs are configured to seat 358 passengers in a three-class layout highlighted by the new family couch seats in economy class. China Airlines is the only airline in North Asia to feature the family couch seats, where three economy seats convert into a flat surface to provide passengers with added rest and relaxation.

The Boeing 777 is a twin-engine, long-haul airplane. The 777-300ER is equipped with the GE90-115B commercial jet engine, and can travel, with a standard three class configuration, a maximum range of 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers).