Cathay Pacific could be a new Boeing 777-8F customer – report

Hong Kong carrier, which already has orders for the 777-9, is the target of rumors about ordering six freighters to replace its current Boeing 747s

Cathay Pacific could be the next customer for the 777-8F, Boeing’s new high-capacity freighter. According to Reuters, the announcement of the order is close and should involve six aircraft.

The Hong Kong-based carrier’s plan is to replace its aging 747-400Fs, of which it has six aircraft in service with an average age of 15 years.

In addition to them, the cargo division operates another 14 747-8Fs, with around 10 years in service.

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Cathay has been a 777X customer since 2013, when it closed an order for 21 of these widebodies with the capacity to carry 426 passengers or more.

Cathay Pacific struck a deal in 2013 for 21 Boeing 777X (CP)

In 2021, however, the airline even considered a reduction in the order, amid the problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Also according to Reuters, Cathay was torn between ordering the 777-8F, which should enter service from 2027 onwards, or opting for the A350F, a freighter variant of the Airbus widebody.

The airline also has an extensive fleet of A350s, including the A350-900 and A350-1000 variants, which total 46 aircraft in service.

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Cathay Pacific’s fleet comprises 42 A330s and 56 Boeing 777s, as well as 15 single-aisle jets from the A320 family.


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