China Airlines To Sell Boeing 747 Freighters

Daniel Fowkes
22 Nov 2023
· Aircraft 
· Freight 
China Airlines Cargo Boeing 747-400 Freighter arriving into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

China Airlines will sell five Boeing 747-400s following a mandate issued towards AMS Aircraft Services (AMS).

China Airlines Boeing 747-400 Freighters

Cirium data shows that China Airlines has 17 747-400Fs currently within its operation. However, 13 remain in service, with four in storage.

AMS Aircraft Services says the five aircraft being sold are all equipped with CF-6 engines. The aircraft slated to be sold were manufactured between 2001 and 2003.

China Airlines Boeing 747-400Fs average 19.8 years, with the oldest units at 23.4 years. Therefore, amongst cargo and passenger operations, they are the oldest aircraft type.

Cirium data indicates that B-18701, B-18709, B-18719 and B-18716 are the registrations currently in storage for China Airlines.

Timeline On Delivery To New Customers

Permitting the request for a proposal process, AMS says that the 747-400 Freighters would be available for delivery between April and October 2024.

Further details surrounding the sale and the aircraft are far and few between as AMS enters the initial stages of the request for proposals.

The China Airlines Cargo Fleet

China Airlines is slowly saying goodbye to the 747-400Fs with the arrival of future 777 Freighters.

Fleet data shows that China Airlines has seven in-service 777-200LRFs, which only average an age of 1.7 years. Additionally, the company has remaining orders for this type that remain unfilled.

Additionally, China Airlines studies next-generation aircraft from Airbus and Boeing. According to reports from Reuters, such interest from the carrier could see a potential future deal for the A350F or 777-8F.

China Airlines would, therefore, join a long list of customers currently studying the new freight offerings as evaluations are completed to determine the best possible direction.

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