Cathay Pacific expands freighter fleet

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Cathay Pacific Airways has ordered an additional Boeing 747-8 freighter taking its fleet to 14.
It has also ordered three more B777-300ERs as part of the HK$7.4bn deal.

Chief executive John Slosar said: “Both the 777-300ER and the 747-8F offer a highly efficient solution on Cathay Pacific’s ultra-long-haul routes, combining superb operating economics with a significant reduction in emissions. These two aircraft types will form the backbone of our long-haul passenger and freighter fleets through to the end of the decade.”

The airline expects to take delivery of the three Boeing 777-300ERs in 2015 and the Boeing 747-8 freighter in 2016.

As at the end of the December, the Cathay Pacific fleet consists of 140 wide-body aircraft. Following the latest deal, the airline is set to take delivery of a total of 93 aircraft from 2014 to 2024, at an aggregate list price of some HK$222 billion.

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