The Betsy Factor: Cathay Pacific Orders 4 777-300ERs and 777 Freighters

Cathay Pacific loves a great airplane. The Hong Kong airline’s first aircraft was a converted Douglas DC-3, affectionately nicknamed “Betsy.” Betsy was sold in 1955 and discovered almost 30 years later, still working in Australia as a cargo airplane. Cathay Pacific promptly bought the airplane back. Betsy can now be seen at the Hong Kong Science Museum, sporting her original livery and “flying” from the ceiling.

So it’s no surprise Cathay Pacific wants more 777s. As the airline continues to invest in modern and efficient airplanes, it is sticking with a proven performer. With 22 777-300ER airplanes already in its fleet, Cathay Pacific recently ordered four more 777-300ERs and eight 777 Freighters. But don’t look for the airplanes to appear in a museum any time soon. Cathay Pacific will use the new 777-300ERs to further boost long-haul operations. The new 777 Freighters will improve freighter operations with more payload range capability at competitive operating costs.