HONG KONG: Cathay boosts B777 order by another six

Cathay Pacific Airways has signed an agreement with the Boeing for six more 777-300ER aircraft. The additional six aircraft will swell the airline’s total order for the aircraft type to 36. Eighteen are already in operation with another dozen scheduled for delivery from 2011 to early 2013. The additional six newly purchased 777- 300ERs will […]


Cathay Pacific Airways has signed an agreement with the Boeing for six more 777-300ER aircraft. The additional six aircraft will swell the airline’s total order for the aircraft type to 36. Eighteen are already in operation with another dozen scheduled for delivery from 2011 to early 2013. The additional six newly purchased 777- 300ERs will be delivered in 2013 and 2014. In addition, the airline has 10 newgeneration Boeing 747-8 freighters on firm order with deliveries due to commence in 2011. Cathay Pacific currently operates a fleet of 128 wide-body aircraft which includes 25 B747-400 freighters. The airline recently announced it will also purchase 30 new Airbus A350- 900 aircraft to enhance its mid-sized long-haul wide-bodied fleet. Delivery of those aircraft will commence in 2016. Meanwhile, the carrier also firmed up a previously announced commitment for 30 A350 XWB long range aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Cathay Pacific will operate the A350 XWB across its route network, principally on non-stop services to Europe, it said. Commenting on the deal, Tony Tyler, chief executive, Cathay Pacific said: “I am delighted that we have now finalised this milestone deal for Cathay Pacific. The purchase of these new generation aircraft is an important step in our plan to grow our fleet to ensure that we stay at the forefront of the industry. The A350 fits perfectly into our operation. Its passenger capacity, flight range and operating economics are just right to become the backbone of our mid-sized long haul wide-bodied fleet.”