Dec 20, 2013

Cathay Pacific orders 777-9 in first buy since Dubai launch

The 777-9 order rush resumes, with of course, no sign of Qantas

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

With no Cathay Pacific rendering on hand, here is a Boeing graphic of a Lufthansa 777-9

After the sensational launch of the Boeing 777-X series at last month’s Dubai Air Show, Cathay Pacific has agreed to the first subsequent order for the upgraded series with a $US 7.5 billion deal (catalog value) for 21 of the 400+ seat super sized twin engined jet.

The newest version of the 777, which won’t be ready until 2020, comes in the larger -9 version and an ultra long range -8 model. Cathay Pacific said it would introduced the 777-9s between 2021-2024.

The airline is already a major user of the 777-300ER, with 37 of the type in service, and a further 13 slated for delivery well before the 777-9s are available.  It also has a young average age fleet of 35 Airbus A330-300s in service with a further eight on order, as well as 48 Airbus A350s, an all new Airbus design now undergoing certification testing and also for delivery prior to the arrival of the larger newest Boeing twin-jet.

This brings known orders for the 777-9s and -8s to 280, with the others comprising 150 for Emirates, 50 for Qatar Airways, 25 for Etihad, and 34 for Lufthansa.

The question that might occur to Qantas watchers is whether or not it will be able to get any 777-9s or -8s before about 2022 at the earliest.

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6 thoughts on “Cathay Pacific orders 777-9 in first buy since Dubai launch

  1. FlyLo

    It won’t be too long before the only four-engined aircraft in the Cathay Pacific fleet will be 747-8 freighters. For passenger aircraft, the fleet will comprise entirely twin-engined jets (A330s, A350s, 777-300ERs and 777-9s).

    Cathay’s approach seems to revolve around expanding its capacity by increasing the frequency of services rather than adding larger planes. China Southern would do well to take note!

  2. gearsau


    Qantas management know best. 🙂

    What’s the world total for Boeing B777’s by now ?

  3. FlyLo

    Over 1,500 orders for the 777 since it first came into service in June 1995 including over 700 orders for the most successful variant currently in production, the 777-300ER.

    It is interesting that of the eight major airlines that initially assisted Boeing in the development of the 777 (ANA, American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Japan Airlines, Qantas and United) it is only Qantas that has never ordered a 777. All the other seven airlines have quite substantial 777 fleets.

  4. Dan Dair

    was the failure to order any more about the then current age of it’s 747’s, rather than the reluctance to spend any money that seems to be the current situation.?

  5. Bear

    Maybe QF’s notable absence is a result of – finally – a reality check by the QF Board in their assessment that QF will most likely not be around anymore by 2020-22. As for JQ, I guess they figure that whatever private equity group winds up owning the thing, can make their own decisions.

  6. Derek

    As a CX FF I’m certainly looking forward to enjoying both the A350 and the 777X. Agree with FlyLo that frequency of direct flights to a large number of destinations is what sets CX apart from many others.

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