China Airlines has unveiled the first of six Boeing 777 Freighters, officially becoming the 20th operator of the twin-aisle freighter. The 777 Freighter joins the airline amid growing demand for dedicated freighters as operators grapple with the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. An operator of an all-Boeing freighter fleet, China Airlines debuted its new 777 Freighter during a ceremony in Taipei.
China Airlines aims to increase its cargo capacity by 15% in 2021 and is planning to launch the 777 Freighter on routes connecting Taipei with North America — a key market with strong demand and escalating yields. The airline is set to take five more 777 Freighters as part of an order announced at the 2019 Paris Air Show.