China Airlines signs up for Boeing 777 Freighters

China Airlines Cargo CGI B777F

Taiwan’s China Airlines is planning to order six Boeing 777 freighters as it looks to modernise its cargo fleet.

The airline currently operates a fleet of 18 B747-400F cargo aircraft but said it is looking to the future with the potential order.

“Air cargo is an important part of our overall business and the introduction of these new Boeing 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 from the older 747Fs, this will enable us to deliver world-class services to our customers more efficiently and reliably.”

Boeing said that the aircraft would allow China Airlines to make fewer stops and reduce associated landing fees on its long-haul routes, resulting in “the lowest trip cost of any large freighter and superior ton-mile economics”.

“The global air freight market is forecasted to double over the next 20 years, and the 777 Freighter’s market-leading capabilities and economics will help China Airlines extend their network and grow their cargo business,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing of The Boeing Company.

“We are proud to expand our partnership with China Airlines, building on our successful introduction of the 777-300ER passenger jet a few years ago. We look forward to delivering new 777 Freighters into their world-class fleet.”

The order, announced at the Paris Airshow, will be reflected on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website once it is finalised.

The 777 Freighter is capable of flying 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 km) with a maximum payload of 102,010 kg (224,900 lbs).

In addition, the 777 Freighter can accommodate 27 standard pallets, measuring 96 inches by 125 inches (2.5 m x 3 m) on the main deck.

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