China Airlines finalises 777F order with Boeing

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Sep 5, 2019: Taiwan’s national carrier China Airlines has finalised $2.1 billion deal with Boeing to buy six 777 freighters.

Three of the six 777 Freighter orders were confirmed in July and posted to Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website as an unidentified customer. The remaining three will post during the next update.

The airline currently operates 747 freighter planes. However, with this purchase order, it plans to transit to the largest and longest range twin-engine freighters in the industry.

This comes on the back of its plans to launch operations from Taipei to North America, a key market that provides higher yields for the carrier.

Taiwan’s China Airlines plans to upgrade fleet with B777 freighters

The carrier announced its intent to order up to six 777 Freighters at the Paris Air Show in June.

B777 freighter features

The versatile 777 Freighter can fly long-range trans-Pacific missions in excess of 6,000 nautical miles with 20 percent more payload than other large freighters like the 747-400F. The airplane, which is capable of carrying a maximum payload of 102 tonnes, will allow China Airlines to make fewer stops and reduce associated landing fees on these long-haul routes.

As a result, it will provide China Airlines and other operators with the lowest trip cost of any large freighter and deliver superior ton-per-mile economics. 

In addition, the 777 freighter features market-leading capacity for a twin-engine freighter, accommodating 27 standard pallets, measuring 96 inches by 125 inches (2.5 m x 3 m) on the main deck. This allows for lower cargo handling costs and shorter cargo delivery times.

"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 Hsieh Su-Chien, chairman, China Airlines. 

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 18 747 Freighters.

Boeing through a statement in its official release said that with this order, China Airlines will join an elite group of global air cargo operators operating new 777 freighters.

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

The addition of 777 Freighters will enable the carrier to streamline maintenance and parts for its 777 fleet.

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