Boeing today officially launched the Boeing 777 Freighter, the world’s largest twin-engine freighter, following the completion of a launch order from Air France on May 20, 2005.
Air France ordered five 777 Freighters, with options for three additional aeroplanes, to replace its 747-200F fleet. The first 777 Freighter is scheduled for delivery to Air France in the fourth quarter of 2008.
Air Canada also announced in April the inclusion of the 777 Freighter as part of its selection of 777s and 787s to renew its long-haul fleet. Upon completion of that agreement, Air Canada will join the 777 Freighter launch team.
The GE90-110B1L powered 777 Freighter will be capable of flying 4,965 nautical miles (9,195 kilometres) with a full payload and market-preferred cargo load density, making it the world’s longest-range freighter.
The new aeroplane will have a maximum takeoff weight of 766,000 pounds (347,450 kilograms), and a revenue payload capability of 229,000 pounds (103 metric tons).
Boeing says its freighters comprise more than 90 percent of the total worldwide freighter lift. Boeing forecasts that large widebody freighters (65 metric tons and above in capacity) will comprise 31 percent of the market by 2023.