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The Cathay Pacific fleet
Our fleet comprising of more than 130 aircraft is one of the youngest and most modern in the skies. The following is a brief overview of the aircraft types operated by Cathay Pacific:
|Airbus A330-300 |
These twin-engine, regional and medium-haul aircraft carry up to 311 passengers in two class configuration and 251 passengers in three class configuration. They typically fly from Hong Kong to destinations such as Denpasar (Bali), Cairns, and Surabaya.
|Airbus A340-300 |
These three-class aircraft are designed to carry up to 243 passengers in three classes. They are used on low-traffic, long-haul routes such as between Hong Kong and Rome, Zurich, San Francisco, and Toronto.
|Boeing 777-300ER |
The first Boeing 777-300ER was delivered to Cathay Pacific in 2007 and has been deployed on ultra-long haul services to North America. In its standard configuration the aircraft carries up to 301 passengers in three classes.
Cathay Pacific has 30 of the aircraft on firm order for delivery by 2012.
|Boeing 777-300 |
Cathay Pacific's Boeing 777-300s seat 385 passengers in two classes, with 59 seats in Business Class and 326 in Economy. They are operated on regional routes between Hong Kong and Bangkok, Seoul, Taipei, and Japan. These twin-engined aircraft offer a higher capacity than the regional A330-300 fleet. Cathay Pacific was the launch customer for this type of aircraft, with the first delivery in May 1998.
|Boeing 777-200 |
The Boeing 777-200 is the shorter variant of the 777-300 and carries 336 passengers in two classes. It is designed for medium traffic short-haul and medium-haul routes. The 777-200s complement Cathay Pacific's A330-300 fleet by providing a slightly higher capacity alternative to the A330.
|Boeing 747-400 |
The Boeing 747-400 is built for high-traffic long-haul routes. In its standard configuration the aircraft carries up to 383 passengers in three classes. Cathay Pacific deploys the 747-400 between Hong Kong and destinations such as London, Frankfurt, Sydney, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and New York. It is also deployed on high-traffic regional routes such as between Hong Kong and Taipei.
|Boeing 747-8 Freighter The Boeing 747-8 Freighter is the world’s longest production cargo-carrying aircraft, 5.6 metres longer than its predecessor. It is capable of carrying up to 134 tonnes with tonne-per-mile costs 16% lower than the Boeing 747-400F. Cathay Pacific has 10 747-8Fs on order for delivery by 2013.|
|Boeing 747-400ERF (Extended Range Freighter) |
The new Boeing 747-400ERF, powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, has a higher maximum takeoff weight than existing Boeing 747-400 freighters in the fleet, achieved by the use of lighter materials. This greater payload capability can be traded for extended range, while the highly efficient engines help to reduce fuel burn.
|Boeing 747-400BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter) |
Cathay Pacific was the launch customer of the Boeing 747-400 BCF, or Boeing Converted Freighter in 2005. Major structural changes include removing all previous passenger fittings from one of the airline's jets to install a reinforced floor, cargo handling system and cutting a large loading door in the rear of the aircraft's fuselage.
|Boeing 747-400 Freighter |
The Boeing 747-400 Freighter aircraft can carry up to 127 tonnes of cargo at one time. The aircraft are typically used on Cathay Pacific's freighter routes between Hong Kong and North America.