6 JANUARY 2014
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Boeing and Cathay Pacific have jointly announced the airline’s decision to become Asia’s first 777X customer with an order for 21 777-9X aircraft, as part of Cathay’s future long haul fleet strategy. The airline’s plans are to retire all its passenger 747s and A340s over the coming years to be replaced by the Boeing and also Airbus A350 aircraft. In the future it will be Boeing 777, Airbus A330 and A350. Cathay also have a large dedicated all cargo fleet of 24 Boeing 747 freighters including 14 of the new and advanced 747-8f.
“The 777-9X promises us improved payload range capability and reduced operating costs, in addition to a significant reduction in environmental emissions,” said John Slosar, Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific Airways. “We think it will be an ideal fit for long haul destinations in North America and Europe, in particular those routes where we carry high volumes of passengers and cargo each day. Cathay Pacific is committed to modernizing its fleet to provide a superior experience to passengers.”
At the year end 777X orders stood at around 280 and Boeing has confirmed that following a Union ballot the aircraft will be assembled in the Puget Sound area which includes Seattle. Moving assembly from the current Everett plant would have proved controversial. www.boeing.com/commercial
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