Cathay Pacific confirmed Tuesday that it has signed a contract to buy six Boeing 777-300 aircraft worth 1.61 billion US dollars, after the Hong Kong carrier snapped up 30 new planes from Airbus.
Cathay said the purchase would take to 36 the number of extended-range Boeing 777s in its fleet with delivery predictable in 2013 and 2014.
Eighteen of the planes are by now in operation -- essentially on long-haul routes to Europe and North America -- with another dozen scheduled for delivery from next year until early 2013, Cathay said.
The carrier said in August it intended to buy the six additional Boeing aircraft.
On Thursday, Cathay confirmed it had signed a contract with Airbus for 30 long-range A350 aircraft with a book price of 7.82 billion US dollars -- Cathay's biggest single aircraft purchase