[HD video below] Cathay Pacific has signed an agreement with
Boeing to exercise purchase rights for six more Boeing 777-300ERs
with an estimated value of HK$12.5 billion at list price.
The additional six aircraft will swell the
airline’s total order for the aircraft type to 36. Eighteen are
already in operation – primarily on long-haul and ultra-long-haul
routes to Europe and North America – with another 12 scheduled for
delivery from 2011 to early 2013. The additional six newly
purchased 777-300ERs will be delivered in 2013 and 2014.
Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler said, “We are very
pleased to confirm this purchase of six more Boeing 777-300ERs – a
superb aircraft that has already significantly enhanced our
operations on key long-haul routes. We have been very impressed by
the operating economics of these aircraft, while their high
efficiency has resulted in a reduced environmental impact. As we
continue to enhance our fleet, the 777-300ER will play a crucial
role in our operations in the years to come.”
Pacific currently operates a fleet of 128 wide-body aircraft
which, in addition to 777-300ERs, includes 12 Boeing 777-300s,
five Boeing 777-200s, 22 Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft and 25
Boeing 747-400 freighters. In addition, the airline has 10
new-generation Boeing 747-8 freighters on firm order with
deliveries due to commence in 2011.
The airline recently
30 new Airbus A350-900 aircraft to
enhance its mid-sized long-haul wide-bodied fleet. Delivery of
those aircraft – valued at almost HK$61 billion at list price,
will commence in 2016.
HD Video of Cathay
Pacific’s Business Class on a Boeing 777-300ER