Air Hong Kong to buy six Airbus freighters

Air Hong Kong is to purchase six new Airbus A300-600F General Freighter aircraft as part of its planned expansion in Asia.

Air Hong Kong (AHK) has announced plans to purchase six new Airbus A300-600F General Freighter aircraft in order to implement its previously announced plan to expand operations within Asia.

The six wide-body aircraft are scheduled for delivery between the second half of 2004 and first quarter of 2005. AHK, the Hong Kong-based all-cargo carrier which is owned by Cathay Pacific and DHL Worldwide Express, also has options on four more of the same aircraft type.

According to a statement, AHK will be the launch customer for the A300-600F General Freighter, which differs from A300-600F aircraft currently being built for other carriers in that it has a loading system and side door capable of handling large items of general freight in addition to small packages.

A final decision has yet to be made on which engine will power the aircraft.