Hongkong based Cathay Pacific Airways has order 21 new Boeing 777-9Xs on 20 December 2013 and thereby becomes the first Triple Seven X customer in Asia.
The order is valued at more than US$7 billion at current list prices. The 777X program was only launched a month ago, at the Dubai Airshow, and immediately gained 259 orders for 95 billion dollars. It takes a while before one can travel on the real plane, as first delivery is projected to be not earlier than 2020.
Technology on the new Triple Sevens include a new composite wing, all-new engines and better aerodynamics. The result will be less fuel consumption. The 777-9X will have 400 seats.
Cathay Pacific already operates 5 B777-200s, 17 B777-300s, 38 B777-300ERs and an all-Boeing freighter fleet of 11 B747-400s plus 13 B747-800s, of which one was only delivered this week. Moreover Cathay flies 33 Airbus 330-300s and 11 Airbus 340-300s. The aircraft has no short-haul aircraft.
Source: Boeing / Airfleets