Thursday, 5 September 2019

China Airlines agrees order for six 777 freighters

China Airlines to modernise its freighter fleet 

China Airlines has finalised its agreement with the aircraft giant Boeing on an order for six 777 Freighters which it seeks to modernise its cargo fleet with.

The deal has a list price of $2.1 billion, but a true reflection of the price is less than half that amount according to China Airlines staff and was first announced at the Paris Air Show back in June this year. 


China Airlines currently operates one of the world's largest 747 Freighter fleets, plans to transition to large twin-engine freighters as it launches cargo operations from Taipei to North America.  The 777's are capable of carrying a maximum payload of 102 tonnes and will allow China Airlines to make fewer stops and reduce associated landing fees on these long-haul routes, as well as a little less pollution.  These jets can hold 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 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 reliably."

"As China Airlines celebrates more than half a century of success, Boeing is honoured 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.



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