Our modern fleet is our pride and joy, consisting of 142 wide-body aircraft with an average age of less than 8.5 years. Cathay Pacific is committed to investing in a modern, fuel-efficient fleet and has over 80 aircraft - including A330s, A350-900s, A350-1000s, Boeing 777-300ERs, Boeing 777-9Xs and 747-8 Freighters - on firm order for delivery up to 2024.
These new aircraft will enable us to offer significant benefits in terms of safety, efficiency and passenger satisfaction, together with a significant reduction in our environmental impact. The aircraft orders represent an investment of over HK$210 billion at book value and will ensure our position as one of the world’s leading international premium carriers.
Boeing 777-300ER, 777-300/200
The Boeing 777-300ER forms the backbone of our long-haul fleet. Often referred to as “the triple”, the aircraft was introduced to the fleet in 2007. We operate the largest 777-300ER fleet in Asia, and this super-efficient aircraft enhances our services on long-haul and ultra-long-haul routes, primarily to North America and Europe. We have 43 of these aircraft in our fleet with a further 10 on order. The 777-300ER has proved popular with passengers and crew, and has also proved its value to the airline’s cargo business, carrying up to [20 tonnes] of airfreight even with a full passenger load.
In addition to the long-haul Boeing 777-300ERs, we also operate a few of the older versions of the triple, the 777-200 and 777-300 variants which offer us high capacity and efficiency on medium-haul routes. We were the launch customer for the Boeing 777-300 back in 1998.
Airbus A330-300, A340-300
The Cathay Pacific Group operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus A330s, with 38 of these twin-engine aircraft used on our regional and medium-haul routes. We took delivery of our first Airbus A330-300 in 1995 and the aircraft has lived up to the manufacturer’s promises regarding reliability and efficiency. We have five more of these aircraft on order and the A330 will continue to serve us well on routes such as Australia and the Middle East. We currently operate eleven A340-300s on some long-haul routes with lower traffic. This type of fleet will gradually retire when the more fuel efficient A350s arrive. All our A340s will be retired by 2017.