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Boeing firms up order with China Airlines for six B777 freighters

BOEING is to manufacture six B777 freighters for China Airlines to modernise its cargo fleet

Boeing firms up order with China Airlines for six B777 freighters

BOEING is to manufacture six B777 freighters for China Airlines to modernise its cargo fleet

10 September 2019 - 19:00

BOEING is to manufacture six B777 freighters for China Airlines to modernise its cargo fleet. They are the largest and longest range, twin-engine freighters in the industry, and the carrier plans to deploy them on services between Taipei and North America.

The 777 freighter can fly transpacific routes in excess of 6,000 nautical miles with 20 per cent more payload than other large freighters like the B747-400F. The aircraft, capable of carrying 102 tons, will allow the airline to make fewer stops and reduce associated landing fees on these long-haul routes.



The B777 freighter can accommodate 27 standard pallets, measuring 2.5 metres x 3 metres on the main deck. This allows for lower cargo handling costs and shorter cargo delivery times, a statement from Boeing said.



'Air cargo is an important part of our overall business and the introduction of these new 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, this will enable us to deliver world-class services more efficiently and reliably.'



China Airlines, which marks its 60th anniversary this year, currently operates 51 Boeing airplanes, including 10 777-300ERs (extended range), 19 next-generation 737s, four 747-400s and 18 x 747 freighters.



'With the global air freight market to double in 20 years, the 777 freighter's market-leading capabilities and economics will help China Airlines extend their network and grow their future cargo business,' said Boeing's senior vice president Ihssane Mounir.


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