China Airlines has taken delivery of the first of six 777 Freighters it has on order.
Boeing noted that demand for dedicated freighters was growing as operators seek capacity in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.
China Airlines has becomes the 20th operator of the twin-aisle freighter. The company’s chairman Hsieh Su-Chien stated: “Air cargo demand has risen in light of the global pandemic and has played a critical role in maintaining profitability for our airline despite the downturn in passenger traffic. The efficiency and capability of the 777 Freighter enables us to modernise our freighter fleet, while also allowing us to increase capacity and open into new markets.”
China Airlines said it was aiming to increase its cargo capacity by 15 per cent in 2021, with plans to launch the 777 Freighter on routes connecting Taipei with North America.
Boeing senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing Ihssane Mounir said: “With the global air cargo fleet expected to grow by more than 60 per cent over the next 20 years, the unmatched efficiency of the 777 Freighter will significantly boost China Airlines’ air cargo capabilities and enable them to scale their world-class cargo operations. We are honoured to strengthen our partnership with China Airlines.”
Boeing also provides China Airlines with total life cycle support services to streamline parts provisioning and flight and maintenance operations. The entire China Airlines fleet uses Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro, which provides access to digital navigation charts and interactive maps to optimise performance and enhance situational awareness.
China Airlines also recently signed an agreement for airplane health management (AHM), which tracks real-time airplane information, providing data and decision support tools to technicians.