China Airlines is ordering up to six B777 Freighters to modernise its cargo fleet, as it launches new operations from Taipei (TPE) to North America and Europe – two key markets that provide higher yields for the carrier.
“Air cargo is an important part of our overall business and the introduction of these new B777 Freighters will play an integral role in our long-term growth strategy,” says China Airlines chairman Hsieh Su-Chien.
“As we transition our Freighter fleet to the B777Fs from the older B747Fs, this will enable us to deliver world-class services to our customers more efficiently and reliably.”
“The global air freight market is forecasted to double over the next 20 years, and the 777 Freighter’s market-leading capabilities and economics will help China Airlines extend their network and grow their cargo business,” adds Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing of The Boeing Company.
“We are proud to expand our partnership with China Airlines, building on our successful introduction of the 777-300ER passenger jet a few years ago. We look forward to delivering new 777 Freighters into their world-class fleet.”
China Airlines operates 51 Boeing aircraft and the addition of the B777 Freighters will enable the carrier to streamline maintenance and parts for its B777 fleet, Boeing highlights.
The carrier uses a number of Boeing Global Services solutions to support their operations, including Boeing’s Airplane Health Maintenance and Maintenance Performance Toolbox on all of their B777, B747-400 and Next-Generation B737 aircraft.