Air Hong Kong announced yesterday that it has placed a $100 million order for GE CF6-80C2 engines to power six firm and two option Airbus A300-600F General Freighter aircraft. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2004 and 2005.
Air Hong Kong, a joint venture between Cathay Pacific Airways and DHL Worldwide Express, will use the new aircraft to expand its operations. The cargo carrier currently serves routes to Tokyo and Bangkok from its Hong Kong hub and plans to expand its operations within Asia.
Air Hong Kong is the launch customer for the A300-600F General Freighter, a version of the A300-600F that features a loading system and a side door capable of handling large items of freight in addition to small packages.
There are currently 42 CF6-80C2-powered A300-600F aircraft in service with four customers. Overall, there are more than 6,000 CF6 engines flying on more than 3,000 aircraft for 170 customers around the world.
‘The reliability and low cost of ownership of the CF6-powered A300 will be a big asset as we implement a very aggressive fleet expansion program over the next couple of years,’ commented Tony Tyler, chairman of Air Hong Kong.