The Impressive Boeing 777 Freighter
In response to the increasing demand from cargo operators worldwide for a long-range, efficient, high-capacity freight airplane, in May 2005 the Boeing Company launched the Boeing 777 Freighter. Delivery of their launch order from Air France is expected to take place in the final quarter of 2008, with additional orders coming in from Emirates, Air Canada, China Southern Airlines, FedEx, GE Capital, Korean Air, Qatar and India-based cargo carriers, Flyington Freighters.
The Boeing 777 Freighter promises to provide more capacity than any other twin-engine freighter currently in use, bringing a new level of efficiency to long-haul cargo carrier markets. With the capability of flying 4,885 nautical miles carrying a full payload, the Boeing 777 Freighter will be the world’s longest range twin-engine freighter. This extended range capability will result in fewer stops with associated landing fees and congestion at transfer hubs, as well as shorter delivery times and lower cargo handling costs, all translating into significant savings for cargo operators. The Boeing 777 Freighter will reinforce the excellent reputation that the Boeing Company has established by delivering top quality aircraft with lower maintenance costs, fuel consumption and overall operating costs.
Another first for twin-engine freighters is the capacity for the Boeing 777 Freighter to accommodate 27 standard pallets on the main deck. This is facilitated by the large main deck cargo door making use of the volume capability of the airplane. The lower cargo hold has the holding capacity for 10 pallets in addition to the 600 cubit feet of bulk cargo space.
The advanced technology of the Boeing 777 Freighter is based on the first digitally designed aircraft, the Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner passenger airplane. The Boeing 777 Freighter has the same high-tech flight deck, fly-by-wire design and advanced raked wing tip design. The Boeing 777 Freighter will be powdered by the General Electric GE90-110B1 jet engine, considered to be one of the most powerful in the world. It will meet the QC2 noise standards, thereby facilitating access to all airports including airports considered to be noise-sensitive.
It is estimated that Boeing provides over 90% of the worldwide dedicated freighter capacity. The Boeing 777 Freighter, an airplane which has been designed to integrate smoothly with existing cargo operations, looks set to keep this trend going into the future.