Air Hong Kong Ltd. today announced that it has selected General Electric`s CF6-80C2 engines to power six new Airbus A300-600F “General Freighter” aircraft scheduled for delivery between the second half second half of 2004 and first quarter of 2005. The new aircraft order was made earlier this month as part of Air Hong Kong`s plans to expand operations within the Asian region.
GE`s CF6-80C2 engines are reputable for being stall-free - giving operators increased confidence and lowering operational costs.
The engine also maintains an industry-leading shop visit rate, including a best-in-class in-flight shutdown rate.
AHK Air Hong Kong Chairman Tony Tyler said: “The reliability and low cost of ownership of the GE CF6-powered A300 will be a big asset as we implement a very aggressive fleet expansion programme over the next couple of years. We are looking forward to working with GE Aircraft Engines.”
AHK will be the launch customer for the A300-600F “General Freighter”, which differs from the A300-600F aircraft currently being built for other carriers. Its unique features include a loading system and a side door capable of handling large items of general freight in addition to small packages.
AHK`s order is in furtherance of its co-operative venture with DHL Worldwide Express, signed in October 2002, to support DHL`s services to major cities in the Asia Pacific region from AHK`s base at Hong Kong International Airport. AHK currently operates a DHL service to Tokyo and Bangkok Cathay Pacific Airways owns 60 percent of AHK and DHL holds a 40 percent stake.