GECAS orders 747-8 freighters and 777-300ERs from Boeing

Aerospace and defence company Boeing announced at the Paris Air Show that GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric (GE), will purchase two 747-8 freighters and eight 777-300ERs (extended range).

The former is the new high-capacity 747 that is designed to give cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any freighter aircraft, while providing enhanced environmental performance.

Powered by GE’s GEnx-2B engines, the 747-8 freighter is 76.3m long — 5.6m longer than the 747-400, providing customers with 16 per cent more revenue cargo volume compared with its predecessor.

The 777-300ER aircraft carries 365 passengers up to 7,930 nautical miles and will be equipped with GE90-115B engines.