(15 Dec 2020)
China Airlines’ first Boeing 777F is about to enter service.
The first 777F has the aircraft
number B-18771 from the Boeing 747F the airline retired in
The freighter will fly freight
routes in Asia and North America as soon as it has completed
preparation and validation.
Six of the Boeing 777F China Airlines
has on order are slated to be delivered between 2020 and 2023. The
first 777F arrived in Taiwan on 1 December and a further two will
be delivered before the end of January 2021.
The fleet of 21 freighters will pave the way for a
new generation of air cargo services by China Airlines in the
The 777F features twin engines that translate into
20% lower fuel consumption and a range longer than the 747F. It
can therefore be flown on trans-Pacific routes with fewer payload
restrictions and better hold utilization. The aircraft is equipped
with fully temperature-controlled cargo holds and the main cargo
hold can be fitted with cargo pallet restraint systems used for
carrying semiconductor machinery and engines.
China Airlines is the first carrier
in Taiwan to be certified by the IATA Center of Excellence for
Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma)
for temperature-controlled cold chain logistics so far.
The airline’s freighter fleet played a crucial role as COVID19 brought the global airline industry almost to a
standstill. The carrier not only put all 18 of its 747-400
freighters into service, but also increased weekly freighter
flights by 20%. It also put the belly hold of its passenger
aircraft to good use and pioneered the use of passenger cabins for
Cargo revenues between January and November this
year increased by 83% over the same period last year as a result,
becoming a lifeline for China Airlines during these trying times.
The airline will celebrate its 61st anniversary on
16 December 2020.
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