Cathays first 747-400ERF is ready for action

CATHAY Pacific Airways’ cargo business has entered a new era following the arrival of the airline’s first Boeing 747-400ERF ‘Extended Range Freighter’. The new delivery marks the beginning of a significant enhancement of the freighter fleet, with the addition of newer, more efficient aircraft coupled with the retirement of the airline’s older Boeing 747-200 classic freighters.

The new Boeing 747-400ERF – the first of six to be delivered by next year – was handed over to Cathay Pacific in Seattle. The aircraft, has a higher maximum takeoff weight than existing Boeing 747-400 freighters in the fleet, achieved by using lighter materials.

Director and general manager, cargo, Ron Mathison, said: “With fuel prices reaching historical highs, it is appropriate that we are equipping our fleet with new, far more efficient freighters that will have a much-reduced environmental impact. The introduction of the new ‘Extended Range Freighters’ will enable us to move greater amounts of freight in a more efficient way, adding a further boost to Hong Kong’s position as the world’s leading international airfreight hub.”

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest news

Delta Cargo adjusts domestic capacity

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Delta Cargo is temporarily adjusting domestic capacity to “ensure that we can meet” customer service performance expectations. The company said…

Read More

Share this story

Flexport appoints head of Europe

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Flexport has appointed Douglas Brown, currently vice president Flexport Asia, as the company’s new leader for Europe. Brown replaces Jan…

Read More

Share this story

Swissport acquires Aruba’s AGS Aviation Ground Services

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Swissport has finalised the acquisition of AGS Aviation Ground Services in Aruba and its ground handling operations at Queen Beatrix…

Read More

Share this story