China Airlines has unveiled plans to order up to
six Boeing 777 Freighters to modernize its cargo fleet.
The 777 Freighter is capable of flying 4,970
nautical miles (9,200 km) with a maximum payload of 102,010 kg
The 777 twin-engine freighter can
accommodate 27 standard pallets, measuring 96 inches by 125 inches
(2.5 m x 3 m) on the main deck.
"Air cargo is an important part of our overall
business and the introduction of these new Boeing 777 Freighters
will play an integral role in our long-term growth strategy," said
China Airlines Chairman Hsieh Su-Chien. "As we transition our
freighter fleet to the 777Fs from the older 747Fs, this will
enable us to deliver world-class services to our customers more
efficiently and reliably."
China Airlines currently operates 51 Boeing and
35 Airbus airplanes.
"The global air freight market is forecast to
double over the next 20 years, and the 777 Freighter's
market-leading capabilities and economics will help China Airlines
extend their network and grow their cargo business," said Ihssane
Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing of
Boeing. "We are proud to expand our partnership with
China Airlines, building on our successful introduction of the
777-300ER passenger jet a few years ago. We look forward to
delivering new 777 Freighters into their world-class fleet."
said that the order will be added to its Orders
and Deliveries website once the deal is finalized.
China Airlines Cargo,