Plane To Be Delivered To Air France This Year
Boeing mechanics began major assembly of the new 777 Freighter
at the company's Everett, WA facility Tuesday, as workers loaded
the plane's 97-foot-long wing spar into a tool that automatically
drills, measures and installs more than 5,000 fasteners into the
"We are excited to begin production of the 777 Freighter so we
can put the airplane into service with our customers," said Larry
Loftis, vice president, 777 Program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"The 777 Freighter's unmatched range, efficiency and capacity as a
twin-engine cargo airplane will significantly enhance our
customers' ability to deliver freight."
Boeing expects the first 777 Freighter to be delivered to launch
customer Air France in the fourth quarter of this year.
"Our vision to develop the 777 Freighter as the world's most
capable twin-engine cargo airplane is now becoming a reality with
the start of major assembly," said Kim Pastega, deputy program
manager and engineering leader, 777 Freighter Program. "Our
customers and suppliers worked closely with us to reach this
Pastega said the 777 Freighter has been well received by the
marketplace, with a customer base that includes traditional cargo
carriers and leasing operators. To date, Boeing has sold 80 777
Freighters to 11 customers, accounting for more than 20 percent of
the 777 Program's current backlog.
The 777 Freighter is based on the 777-200LR Worldliner passenger
airplane and will be built along the same production line as all
other models of the 777. Some of the changes in manufacturing for
the 777 Freighter include installation of items such as the
main-deck cargo door; a new monolithic aluminum floor; an enhanced,
lightweight cargo-handling system with built-in test equipment that
continually monitors the operational health of the system; and a
rigid cargo barrier located in the forward section of the
Other design changes to the 777 Freighter include the
strengthening of certain airplane structures, a maneuver load
alleviation system to help distribute the load on the airplane in
flight and the removal of certain passenger-related items such as
windows and doors.
The 777 Freighter will have a range of 4,885 nautical miles with
a full payload and general cargo market densities. With a maximum
takeoff weight of 766,000 pounds, the 777 Freighter will have a
revenue payload capability of more than 226,000 pounds. The 777
Freighter is the sixth and newest model of the 777 family of
airplanes, and will be powered by the GE-90-110B1L engine.