Slated To Gradually Replace 747-400BCFs In Carrier's Fleet
Boeing celebrated the delivery Thursday of the company's first
777 Freighter to launch customer Air France in a ceremony at the
Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour near Paine
Field. The contractual delivery and airplane departure are
scheduled for Friday.
"Our new Boeing 777 Freighter will operate very well with our
747-400ER Freighters," said Air France Executive Vice President for
New Aircraft & Corporate Fleet Planning Pierre Vellay. "Also,
we will benefit from the airplane's commonality with our proven 777
passenger fleet and improve our cargo efficiency to help us through
the current economic difficulties."
Providing cargo capacity normally associated with larger
airplanes, the 777 Freighter can fly 4,880 nautical miles with a
full payload of 226,700 pounds. The new airplane is expected to
progressively replace the 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF)
in the Air France Cargo fleet. Air France currently operates five
747-400ER Freighters and four 747-400BCFs.
"The 777 Freighter uses less fuel per cargo tonne than any
freighter operating," said Aldo Basile, vice president, Sales,
Europe, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "With
the 777F, Air France also will experience the lowest maintenance
costs and the lowest trip costs of any large freighter, as well as
outstanding environmental performance."
Boeing bills the 777 Freighter as the world's longest-range
freighter, featuring the lowest trip cost of any large freighter,
with high cargo density and 10-foot interior height capability that
complement the popular 747 Freighter family.
"The 777 Freighter provides a new level of cargo economics, with
low tonne-kilometer costs to help cargo airlines in the current
environment," said Larry Loftis, vice president and general manager
of the Boeing 777 Program. "The 777 Freighter is a great example of
Boeing's commitment to continuously improve the 777 family to
deliver top value to owners and operators."
The 777 Freighter is powered by General Electric's GE90-110B1L
and meets QC2 noise standards. Air France Cargo also was the first
operator of the 747-400ER Freighter.
Twelve customers have ordered a total of 73 777 Freighters.