The Boeing Company debuted the new 777 Freighter. Employees, suppliers, airline customers and community officials celebrated the world’s most capable twin-engine cargo airplane during two debut events in Everett, USA.
With a maximum takeoff weight of 766,000 pounds (347,450 kilograms), the 777 Freighter will have a revenue payload capability of 226,000 pounds (103 metric tons). The 777 Freighter will be capable of flying 4,885 nautical miles (9,045 km) with a full payload and general cargo market densities, making it the world's longest-range twin-engine freighter. The airplane's range capability will translate into significant savings for cargo operators: fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo-handling costs and shorter cargo-delivery times.
To date, Boeing has secured 78 firm orders from 11 customers for the 777 Freighter. The AeroLogic GmbH 50/50 joint venture between DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo AG are also among the companies who have ordered freighters.
Official plans are to operate a fleet of eleven B777-200LRF aircraft by 2012 with the first four new long-range jetliners of this type set to go into service during 2009.