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September 22, 2010

Cathay Pacific Exercises Purchase Rights to Acquire Six More Boeing 777-300ERs

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER N1788B B-KPA

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER (N1788B) on a pre-delivery test flight. Aircraft is now registered B-KPA.(Photo courtesy of Boeing)

Boeing on Wednesday announced the finalization of a deal to sell six additional 777-300ERs to Cathay Pacific after the Hong Kong-based carrier exercised an existing option.

Once delivered, Cathay will operate 36 of the 777-300ER type. They also fly 12 Boeing 777-300s and five 777-200s, as well as 47 747-400s in passenger and cargo configurations.

“Cathay Pacific is a valued long-time Boeing customer. The global reach of Cathay Pacific’s 777 fleet showcases the airplane’s exceptional performance features and its passenger appeal around the world,” said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in a statement. “This additional commitment from a world-class operator like Cathay Pacific is a testament to the greater efficiency, economics and reliability of the 777-300ER.”

“We are very pleased to confirm this purchase of six more Boeing 777-300ERs – a superb aircraft that already has significantly enhanced our operations on key long-haul routes,” said Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler. “We have been very impressed by the operating economics of these aircraft, while their high efficiency has resulted in a reduced environmental impact. As we continue to enhance our fleet, the 777-300ER will play a crucial role in our operations in the years to come.”

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