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decade, the carrier plans to retire older aircraft in its fleet, including 21 Boeing 747-
400s and 13 Airbus A340-300s. The retirements will take place as new-generation
aircraft arrive, offering increa sed fuel efficiency and lower operating costs.
The Boeing 777-200F is a new aircraft type for the airline, and will replace older,
less efficient 747-400BCF converted freighters. According to the airline, the 777-
200F will burn 15 percent less fuel per payload tonne than a 747-400F over a
3,000nm trip, and 24 percent less than a 747-400BCF.
The new aircraft can fly 4,900nm with a full payload of 102 tonnes, and will be
primarily used on regional and European routes, Cathay says.
“The Boeing 777-200Fs, together with the other new aircraft types, will provide
us with exactly the right balance in our fleet portfolio through to the end of the
decade, along with a more efficient and environmentally friendly operation,” says
Cathay Chief Executive John Slosar.
With the latest order announcement comes a delay in the delivery of the carrier’s
new 747-8F freighters. “ Two are now scheduled to be delivered in September 2011,
with three more arriving before the end of the year. However, the delivery schedule
is still subject to final confirmation,” Cathay says.
The 747-8s offer a payload of almost 130 tonnes and will be used “almost
exclusively on routes between Hong Kong and North America”, the airline says.
With the latest purchases, Cathay says it now has a total of 97 new aircraft –
including 79 widebody passenger jetliners and 18 freighters – on its books for
delivery up to 2019. The value of all these new aircraft is about HK$200 billion at
list prices. Aside from the 28 777-300ERs, the orders also include 19 Airbus A330s,
32 A350-900s, ten 747-8Fs and eight 777-200Fs.
The company says it is continuing its “efforts to provide a better proposition for its
customers”, strengthening its network improving products both on the ground and
in the air. Cathay Pacific began flying to Abu Dhabi in June and will start Chicag o
ser vices in September, adding frequencies to Milan, Paris, New York and Toronto,
as well as on “a number of South-East Asian routes”.
At the same time, Dragonair has increased ser vices to “a number of ” cities in
Mainland China. Cathay adds that its new Business Class product has been well-
received by passengers and is now being offered on seven aircraft, while the carrier
has also unveiled plans to introduce a premium-e conomy product (see box).
Separately, in a major development in the first half of the year, Cathay Pacific
began a cargo joint venture with Air China in May. The venture op erates from
Shanghai under the Air China Cargo name and intends to “capture air-freight
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