China Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777 Freighter. The plane is the first of six 777 freighters the Taiwan-based airline ordered last year. China Airlines rolled out its first 777 freighter on Tuesday to coincide with their 61st birthday, says release.

“The efficiency and capability of the 777 Freighter enables us to modernize our freighter fleet, while also allowing us to increase capacity and open into new markets,” said Hsieh Su-Chien, China Airlines Chairman.

According to the airline, it will send its new freighters primarily on routes to Europe and North America. It also marks the end of China Airlines exclusively using Boeing 747s for freight. The airline has 18 of those, all between 13 and 20 years old. As the new Boeing 777 freighters come into service, China Airlines plans to start retiring its older 747 freighters.

“We are honoured to strengthen our partnership with China Airlines as they continue to build one of the world’s most dynamic freighter fleets, said Boeing Sales and Marketing Executive, Ihssane Mounir.

“With the global air cargo fleet expected to grow by more than 60% over the next 20 years, the unmatched efficiency of the 777 Freighter will significantly boost China Airlines’ air cargo capabilities and enable them to scale their world-class cargo operations,” he added.

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