CAL seals engines deal
China Airlines Ltd (CAL, 中華航空) has finalized a US$170 million order for 20 fuel-efficient GE90-115B engines to be used on new Boeing Co aircraft, the carrier said yesterday. CAL said the engines, to be delivered from September, will power the 10 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft the airline has on order and that are scheduled to be delivered next year. “We believe the twin-engine GE90-powered Boeing 777-300ERs will greatly improve fuel efficiency,” CAL chairman Sun Hung-hsiang (孫洪祥) said. The new 777-300ERs will be phased in to replace some of the airline’s 13 ageing and fuel-hungry Boeing 747-400s and are expected to save more than 20 percent in fuel costs compared with the 747s, the airline said.
Acer loses Malaysia crown
China’s Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想) overtook Acer Inc (宏碁) as the biggest PC vendor in Malaysia in the first quarter after making further inroads into the consumer sector, according to market research firm International Data Corp (IDC). Lenovo’s 16 percent market share was the highest of any vendor after Acer saw its share fall to 15 percent from 21 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, IDC said in a report on Thursday last week. Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) was third with a 13 percent share of the market, followed by Hewlett-Packard Co with 11 percent, the research firm said.