Two years ago in February 2009, Air France Cargo took delivery of the first Boeing 777F freighter aircraft. Watch delivery video here.
Powered by General Electric’s GE90-110B1L engines which meet QC2 noise standards, the Boeing 777F freighter is based on the 777-200LR platform. It can carry more than 100 metric tons of payload and fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometres).
Ever so quietly the aircraft is earning a reputation as the work horse of the industry, hauling diverse cargo from giant panda bears to high-performance race cars.
Boeing has delivered 39 of the 83 B777F’s on order to nine operator airlines, two additional operators await delivery. The the fleet has flown approximately 120,000 hours with an average daily utilization rate of 11.34 hours. The airframe has an envious fleet schedule reliability of 99.37 percent, which means the freighter has a near-perfect record of on-time take-off and landings, an extremely critical factor in today’s just-in-time” supply chain mantra.
FedEx Express with 12 aircraft is the largest 777 freighter operator with an additional 13 777 freighters in backlog.
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates airline, operates two 777 freighters. One of the two, A6-EFE was spotted in Bangalore once.
Boeing has produced a video on the 777 freighter which can be viewed here.