China Eastern Airlines has taken delivery of its first Next-Generation Boeing 737-700 outfitted with both the High-Altitude/High-Temperature Airport Operations Feature Package and the new Boeing Sky Interior.
China Eastern will operate the aircraft at the high altitude airports in western China. The airplane will be assigned to China Eastern Airlines Sichuan Co., Ltd. based in Chengdu.
A new engine thrust rating provides the 737-700 additional payload capability at high altitude airports and hot conditions. The package also includes an extended duration oxygen system and equipment to utilize the enhanced enroute navigation requirements to and from high-altitude airports. The Boeing Sky Interior introduces new lighting and curving architecture. Passengers will be able to enjoy a greater sense of spaciousness in the cabin in an environment simulated by light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. The new interior also features decorative sculpted sidewalls, newly improved and expanded pivot stowage bins.