The new twin-aisle jet, a B777-300ER model, is the last of a large order that has made Cathay the largest operator of the B777 in Asia. Cathay’s B777 fleet now comprises of 53 B777-300ERs, 12 B777-300s and five B777-200s.
The airline also has outstanding orders for 21 new B777-9 aircraft, and will become the first Asian carrier to operate the new model when deliveries commence in 2021.
“The 777s have played an important role in Cathay Pacific’s fleet modernisation and network expansion strategy,” said Ivan Chu, Cathay’s chief executive. “We operate the largest 777 fleet in Asia, and these aircraft offer the range, reliability and flexibility to build multiple daily frequencies on trunk routes, both within the Asia Pacific region and, with the 777-300ERs, on long-haul and ultra-long-haul routes.
“Our 777 fleet has helped in our efforts to reinforce Hong Kong‘s position as one of the world’s most important international aviation hubs,” he added.
Cathay configures its B777-300ERs with either 275 seats in a four-class layout or 340 seats in a three-class configuration.