Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways placed an order for two Boeing 747 freighters last week. Deliveries are scheduled for September 2000 and August 2001.
"Boeing products and services have long been the foundation of our fleet. We now operate 35 Boeing airplanes, all widebodies," said Cathay Pacific chairman James Hughes-Hallett.
Hughes-Hallett said that with the worldwide cargo growth forecast expected to increase 6.4% annually, combined with renewed strength in the Asian markets, the 747Fs will help Cathay Pacific successfully grow its business interests.
With the Cathay Pacific order, 10 customers have now ordered 66 747Fs, of which 34 have been delivered. The new 747Fs will be powered by Rolls-Royce RB211 engines.
The all-cargo 747F is the newest member of the 747-400 family.