HONG KONG: B747-8F delays will see Cathay’s fleet shrink

Cathay Pacific Airways’ freighter fleet will likely contract next year because of a delay in the start of deliveries of Boeing’s new B747-8F following a slip in the first delivery to launch customer Cargolux. Cathay, which has 10 B747-8Fs on order was originally scheduled to take delivery of the aircraft from January 2011, but now […]


Cathay Pacific Airways’ freighter fleet will likely contract next year because of a delay in the start of deliveries of Boeing’s new B747-8F following a slip in the first delivery to launch customer Cargolux. Cathay, which has 10 B747-8Fs on order was originally scheduled to take delivery of the aircraft from January 2011, but now expects six in the second half of 2011 and the remaining four in 2012. Meanwhile, the carrier will already have begun transferring four of its B747-400BCF freighters to its Shanghai-based air cargo venture with Air China during the first half of 2011, resulting in a capacity gap for the Hong Kong carrier. The carrier has said it has sufficient capacity to cover the interim period and will manage the cargo schedule by bringing forward planned maintenance and increasing aircraft utilisation and if necessary will undertake short-term leases.