China Airlines has finalized an agreement with
Boeing to order six 777 Freighters.
Valued at US$2.1 billion according to list prices,
three of the six 777 Freighter orders were confirmed in July and
the airline has since confirmed another three.
The carrier, which currently operates one of the
world's largest 747 Freighter fleets, plans to transition to
twin-engine freighters as it launches operations from Taipei to
North America, a key market.
The versatile 777 Freighter can fly long-range
trans-Pacific missions in excess of 6,000 nautical miles with 20
percent more payload than other large freighters like the
The airplane, which is capable of carrying a maximum
payload of 102 tons, will allow China Airlines to make fewer stops
and reduce associated landing fees on these long-haul routes.
The 777F can accommodate 27 standard
pallets, measuring 96 inches by 125 inches (2.5 m x 3 m) on the
"Air cargo is an important part of our overall
business and the introduction of these new 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, this will enable us to deliver
world-class services to our customers more efficiently and
China Airlines, which marks its 60th anniversary
this year, currently operates 51 Boeing airplanes, including 10
777-300ERs (Extended Range), 19 Next-Generation 737s, four
747-400s and 18 747 Freighters.
"As China Airlines celebrates more than half a
century of success, Boeing is honored to continue playing an
integral role in its growth and expansion. With this order China
Airlines will join an elite group of global air cargo operators
operating new 777 Freighters," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice
president of Commercial Sales and Marketing for The Boeing
Company. "With the global air freight market forecasted to double
over the next 20 years, the 777 Freighter's market-leading
capabilities and economics will help China Airlines extend their
network and grow their future cargo business."