Cathay Pacific Airways has announced the order of eight Boeing 777 freighters and four 777-300ER (extended range) airplanes from the American aerospace giant.
The order is valued at $3.3 billion at list prices and takes the Hong Kong-based carrier’s Boeing 777-300ER fleet to 50.
“We are very pleased to announce this latest Boeing order, which highlights our commitment to operating a modern and efficient fleet together with a deep commitment to our home city, Hong Kong,” said John Slosar, Cathay Pacific chief executive.
“The Boeing 777-300ER is a superb aircraft that has already given a significant boost to our long-haul passenger operations, while the Boeing 777 Freighter will improve our freighter operations by delivering improved payload range capability at competitive operating costs.”
The 777-300ER is the world’s largest long-range twin-engine jetliner, capable of carrying 365 passengers up to 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 kilometers).
To date 34 customers around the world have ordered more than 500 777-300ERs.
The 777 Freighter will position Cathay Pacific Airways to take advantage of the high air cargo traffic growth projected for Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region. The airplane is the world’s longest range twin-engine freighter.
Cathay Pacific won the title of World’s Leading Airline Business Class at the World Travel Award in 2010.