China Airlines firms up orders for the remaining Boeing 777Fs on its backlog

Taipei, Taiwan - Taiwanese carrier China Airlines opts for the Boeing 777F to modernize its freighter fleet. The airline finalized orders for additional 777 Freighters.

China Airlines signed a letter of intent with Boeing for six 777F at the Paris Air Show in June. The operator had firmed up three of them in July. It has now finalized orders for the remaining three. The contract is valued at $2.1 billion at list prices, according to Boeing.

China Airlines plans to launch freighter flights from Taipei to the destinations in North America with its new Boeing 777Fs.

The 6,000nm (11,100km) flight range of the Boeing 777 Freighter ensures fewer stops on long-haul routes with up to 102 tonnes of freight. These features make the 777F considerably more efficient than four-engined 747-400Fs.

The airline currently has 18 Boeing 747F in its cargo fleet. They will be gradually replaced by newly ordered 777Fs.