Taiwan’s China Airlines has today responded to the strong demand for cargo carriers by announcing an order for two Boeing 747-400F freighters. The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in 2006.
By 2007, the carrier will operate a cargo fleet of 21 freighters. China Airlines plans to take delivery of two B747-400 passenger jets and two B747-400 freighters this year and will have 30 B747-400s by the end of 2004.
According to an International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecast, air cargo demand for Taiwan will enjoy an average annual growth rate at 7% during 2003 and 2007. In the first quarter of 2004, China Airlines’ cargo volume rose by 20.9% compared to the same period last year.
China airlines now operate 44 passenger aircraft and 15 freighters. In 2004, China Airlines will receive three Airbus A330-300s and four Boeing B747-400s.