China Airlines Cargo has finalised its agreement with Boeing to order six 777Fs modernise its freighter fleet.
The carrier plans to transition to the largest and longest range twin-engine freighters in the industry as it launches operations from Taipei to North America, a key market that provides higher yields for the carrier.
Valued at $2.1 billion according to list prices, China Airlines had previously announced its intent to order up to six 777Fs at the Paris Air Show in June.
The 777F 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 aircraft 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.
In addition, the 777F 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 China Airlines chairman Hsieh Su-Chien.
“As we transition our freighter fleet to the 777Fs, this will enable us to deliver world-class services to our customers more efficiently and reliably.”
China Airlines currently operates 51 Boeing aircraft, including 10 777-300ERs (Extended Range), 19 Next-Generation 737s, four 747-400s and 18 747Fs.