Airbus and Boeing awarded regional jet contracts

Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that it has placed firm orders for two Boeing 777-300 aircraft and six Airbus 330-300 aircraft.

Cathay Pacific Airways has today placed firm orders for eight more wide-body regional aircraft, expanding the airline’s operating fleet to 94 aircraft.

Orders have been placed for two Boeing 777-300 aircraft and six Airbus 330-300 aircraft, all of which will be deployed on the airline’s short- and medium-haul regional services. Three of the Airbus aircraft will be leased through the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).

The aircraft will be delivered from 2005 to 2007. The Boeing aircraft will be in a two-class configuration and will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines. The Airbus aircraft will use Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. Five of the Airbus aircraft will be in a two-class configuration, while the A330-300, due for delivery in August 2006, will have a three-class cabin.

“The acquisition of eight more aircraft reflects our plan to grow the airline and demonstrates our continued commitment to Hong Kong,” said Cathay Pacific Airways Deputy Chairman & Chief Executive David Turnbull.

He added: “The aircraft will enable the airline to increase services and strengthen our network and at the same time help to further develop Hong Kong as a leading global aviation hub. Our expansion will also help us to provide more job openings for local people.”

Mr Turnbull added that Cathay Pacific has plans to expand its long-haul fleet.