China Airlines has placed an order for four more Boeing 777F freighters, the company stated on Thursday (27 January).
The deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2023, and China Airlines has been operating six 777F freighters since 2020. The addition of four new 777F freighters to the fleet will raise the overall number of 777F freighters to ten.
China Airlines’ cargo carrying capability will be boosted by this addition of the 777F freighter fleet, which will join the world’s largest 747F freighter fleet.
China Airlines is the world’s fifth-largest freight airline. By balancing network development and market movements against the aircraft replacement schedule, the continuous fleet purchase program will improve operating performance.
In December 2020, China Airlines began receiving six 777F freighters. Three have already been delivered, with two more scheduled for delivery in 2022 and one in 2023; delivery of the four freshly planned 777F freighters will begin in 2023 and end in 2024.
The 777F is a twin-engine freighter with great performance and fuel efficiency, making it ideal for trans-Pacific routes with less payload constraints and better use of hold space.
The cargo holds aboard the plane are entirely temperature-controlled.
Cargo pallet restraint systems for hauling semiconductor machinery and engines can be installed in the main cargo hold, ensuring that high-value cargo such as precision instruments and temperature-controlled commodities receive optimal carriage services.
Due to the high demand for cargo during the COVID-19 epidemic, China Airlines benefited from the cargo-carrying capability of its 18 747F and three 777F freighters.
These planes, as well as passenger plane cargo in the belly hold, produced outstanding outcomes. In 2021, several milestones were achieved, including dispatching over 100 cargo charter flights in a single month, exceeding TWD15.4 billion (US$553.8 million) in single-month cargo revenues in December, exceeding TWD10 billion in cargo revenues for five consecutive months, and sweeping past TWD100 billion in cargo revenues for the entire year.
The freight market is where China Airlines is concentrating its efforts. The greater capacity provided by the new freighters will be used to seize global economic possibilities once they are gradually placed into service.