It seems that Cathay Pacific is keeping a very close eye on the future, with the recent orders it has made.
Firstly, it has become the first Asian airline to order the Boeing 777X aircraft, with the airline signing for 21 frames based on the 777-9X.
The airline hopes to have the aircraft delivered between 2021 and 2024.
Cathay Pacific will the fifth carrier to order this aircraft, with orders coming in from Lufthansa (launch customer), Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.
Whilst those aircraft are in the medium term future, there is a need for more of the current beau of the fleet – the 777-300ER. Therefore three more of those 777-300ERs will be joining the fleet from 2015, with an additional Boeing 747-8 Freighter joining the fleet from 2016 to support the cargo operations the airline has.
The airline operates operates 38 Boeing 777-300ERs currently, with outstanding orders for 15 extras.
Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 at Heathrow – image GhettoIFE
As well as orders for Boeing aircraft, Cathay Pacific has outstanding orders for the A350 too as it attempts to balance its long term strategy.
Hopefully these aircraft won’t suffer delays in delivery, and give Cathay a great footing for the second decade of the 21st Century…
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“[I]t has become the first Asian airline to order the Boeing 777X aircraft.”
Last I checked, the countries of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were in Asia (Not to mention that there is some dispute that Europe and Asia are truly separate.)
As usual, let’s get the Atlas out and play geographic definitions….
and who knows? Perhaps they may get some more awesome presents on Chinese New Year!!!
Well having new things is important in the Chinese New Year!