Cathay Pacific Airways has ordered an additional Boeing 747-8 Freighter and three Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft.
The order, which Boeing values at about $1 billion at current list prices, will bolster Cathay Pacific Airways’ fleets of Boeing 747-8 Freighters and Boeing 777-300ER widebodies to 14 and 53 aircraft, respectively.
“Both the 777-300ER and the 747-8 Freighter offer a highly efficient solution on Cathay Pacific’s ultra-long-haul routes, combining superb operating economics with a significant reduction in emissions,” says John Slosar, chief executive of Cathay Pacific Airways. “These two aircraft types will form the backbone of our long-haul passenger and freighter fleets through to the end of the decade.”
Hong Kong’s flag carrier is in the midst of renewing its freighter fleet with newer, more efficient aircraft, while also looking to strengthen its position as a market leader in the air cargo business.
At 250 feet, 2 inches (76.3 meters) long ‒ 18 feet, 4 inches (5.6 meters) longer than the 747-400 Freighter ‒ the Boeing 747-8 Freighter gives customers 16 per cent more revenue cargo volume compared to its predecessor, while offering nearly equivalent trip costs and lower ton-mile costs, according to Boeing.
The Boeing 777-300ER is powered by two GE Aviation GE90-115B engines (the GE90-115B is the world’s most powerful commercial jet engine) and can seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration with a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 kilometers).
Hong Kong’s flag carrier currently operates 55 Boeing 777 widebodies, including 38 777-300ERs and an all-Boeing freighter fleet that includes 13 747-8 Freighters.
With this order, Cathay Pacific will have 21 777-9Xs, 15 777-300ERs and one 747-8 Freighter on order with Boeing.