Boeing today launched the new B777-8 Freighter with an order for up to 50 aircraft from one of Qatar Airways.
As the launch customer for the new freighter, Qatar Airways has placed a firm order for 34 aircraft and options for 16 more, a total purchase worth more than $20 billion at current list prices and the largest freighter commitment in Boeing history by value.
Tapping the technology of the new B777X family, Boeing says the B777-8 Freighter will be the largest, longest-range twin-engine freighter in the industry. The freighter’s payload capacity of 118 tonnes, is very close to that of the B747-400 Freighter and features a 25 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency, emissions and operating costs.
“Boeing has a long history of building market-leading freighter aircraft and Qatar Airways is honoured to have the opportunity to be the launch customer for the 777-8 Freighter, an aircraft which will not only allow us to further enhance our product offering for our customers but also help us meet our objectives to deliver a sustainable future for our business,” said Akbar Al Baker Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive.
“We are delighted to launch Boeing’s next great cargo airplane – the 777-8 Freighter – with Qatar Airways, one of the world’s largest cargo carriers and our partner since the airline began operations nearly 30 years ago,” said Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO.“
“We are proud that 90 per cent of the global dedicated freighter fleet is made up of Boeing airplanes. With global supply chains under pressure and high demand for e-commerce, the performance and capabilities of the fleet are more important than ever,” Deal added.
Boeing is currently designing the B777-8 Freighter, the newest member of the 777X family, to “maximize efficiency and environmental performance”.
The widebody family features engineering design improvements and innovative technologies, including a new carbon-fibre composite wing and new fuel-efficient engines. With a range of 4,410 nautical miles (8,167 km), the B777-8 Freighter has a maximum structural payload of 118 tonnes, allowing customers to make fewer stops and reduce landing fees on long-haul routes.
As part of today’s agreement, Qatar Airways will convert 20 of its 60 B777X family orders to the B777-8 Freighter. Qatar Airways is also ordering two current B777 Freighters – Boeing’s best-selling freighter of all time – to capitalize on the buoyant air cargo market.
Customers from around the world have ordered more than 300 B777 Freighters since the program began in 2005.