Cathay orders six Airbus freighters

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Cathay Cargo has ordered six new Airbus A350F freighters along with options for 20 more. The first aircraft will be delivered from 2027. They will be used on routes between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland to North and South America and Europe.

The agreement brings the Cathay Group’s new aircraft deliveries to 77 with an order book that includes 21 Boeing 777-9 wide-body passenger aircraft scheduled to be delivered from 2025 and 49 Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft expected to be delivered by 2029.

Cathay Cargo’s current freighter fleet consists of 20 Boeing 747 freighters, including 14 B747-8Fs and six B747-400ERFs, along with extensive belly capacity.

Cathay Group chief executive Ronald Lam said: “This order marks another major component in our investment for the future. It reflects Cathay’s confidence in the Hong Kong hub as we look ahead to the opportunities provided by the Three-Runway System. These highly fuel-efficient, next-generation freighters will provide important additional cargo capacity, expand our global network and contribute to our sustainability leadership goals.”

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