Cathay Pacific has ordered an additional Boeing
747-8 Freighter and three 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes.
The order, valued at about $1 billion at current
list prices, will bolster Cathay Pacific's 747-8 Freighter fleet
and 777-300ER fleet to 14 and 53, respectively.
"We are very pleased to confirm this latest
aircraft purchase from The Boeing Company," said John Slosar,
Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific. "Both the 777-300ER and the
747-8 Freighter offer a highly efficient solution on Cathay
Pacific's ultra-long-haul routes, combining superb operating
economics with a significant reduction in emissions. These two
aircraft types will form the backbone of our long-haul passenger
and freighter fleets through to the end of the decade."
Hong Kong's flag carrier is in the midst of
renewing its freighter fleet with newer, more efficient airplanes,
while also looking to strengthen its position as a market leader
in the air cargo business.
250 feet, 2 inches (76.3 m) long -- 18 feet, 4 inches (5.6 m)
longer than the 747-400 Freighter -- the 747-8 Freighter gives
customers 16% more revenue cargo volume compared to its
predecessor with nearly equivalent trip costs and lower ton-mile
The 777-300ER is equipped with
the GE90-115B commercial jet engine, and can
seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration with a
maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km).
With this order, Cathay Pacific will
have 21 777-9X airplanes, 15 777-300ERs and one 747-8 Freighter on
order with Boeing.
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