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Cathay mulls 787-10 to replace A330s

Cathay Pacific will consider the Boeing 787-10 as a replacement for its Airbus A330-300s that it uses on regional and medium-haul routes.

Boeing "is talking" to potential customers about the aircraft and Hong Kong's flag carrier will consider the largest 787 variant if it fits its requirements, says Cathay's chief executive John Slosar.

"We use the A330s on a lot of regional routes and they are fantastic for us, and there really is still a market for the A330s and possibly even the older [Boeing] 777s," says Slosar.

"But the 787-10 could be interesting. In a way, it will depend on where Boeing go with it. It will be something that will not have the range of the 787-9, but it would be an A330 plus with range and really superior economics. And we would consider the aircraft if we thought that it would fit."

Slosar declines to say when Cathay could make a decision or how many aircraft the carrier will need if it decides to go ahead and order the 787-10. He adds that those decisions are still some way off.

The Oneworld alliance member has 34 A330s in its fleet and another 15 on order, according to Flightglobal Pro data.

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