Taipei: China Airlines To Sell Five Boeing 747-400 Freighters

A China Airlines Boeing 747-400 Freighter takes off.
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It is understood that Taipei-based carrier China Airlines will be selling five more of it’s Boeing 747-400 Freighter aircraft.

As per data from, the carrier has 14 of them, of which eight are in active service and six are currently parked.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Taipei: China Airlines To Sell Five Boeing 747-400 Freighters…

Taipei: China Airlines To Sell Five Boeing 747-400 Freighters
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It is understood that AMS Aircraft Services have been exclusively mandated to sell the five Boeing 747-400 Freighters belonging to Taipei-based carrier China Airlines.

In a very short press release from the company, it is understood that the five on sale were aircraft manufactured between 2001 and 2003.

Based on that data, it could be any of the following aircraft, based on data from

  • B-18708 – Delivered November 2001 – In active service.
  • B-18710 – Delivered March 2002 – In active service.
  • B-18711 – Delivered September 2002 – Parked for maintenance.
  • B-18712 – Delivered July 2003 – Parked in Taipei.
  • B-18715 – Delivered August 2003 – Parked for maintenance.
  • B-18716 – Delivered December 2003 – Parked in Taipei.

So from that, it could be any of the following six airframes listed there.

They will also be available for delivery from April 2024, through to October 2024.


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Fleet Transition to the 777 Freighter Continues…

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The selling of the five Boeing 747-400 Freighters by China Airlines, based in Taipei, is part of a fleet transition strategy that has taken place over the last few years.

At the time of writing (21/11/23), the carrier has received seven 777 Freighters since November 2020, which are as follows:

  • B-18771 – Delivered November 2020.
  • B-18772 – Delivered December 2020.
  • B-18773 – Delivered January 2021.
  • B-18775 – Delivered March 2022.
  • B-18776 – Delivered December 2022.
  • B-18777 – Delivered May 2023.
  • B-18778 – Delivered August 2023.

Following success with the aircraft type, the Taipei-based carrier placed an additional order for four more 777 Freighters back in January 2022.

This means that by the time all deliveries are completed, which is expected to be in 2024, China Airlines will have 10 777 Freighters in the fleet.

As per a report from Reuters back in July 2022, the airline is considering an additional freighter order, which is expected to be either for the Boeing 777XF or the Airbus A350F.

No such order has surfaced on this yet, but we can probably expect this to happen when more Boeing 747-400 Freighters are due to be removed from the Taipei-based carrier’s fleet.

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