Boeing launches cargo version of 777
BY OUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT
11 June, 2005: Boeing Company has launched a long-range cargo version of
its popular twin-engine 777 jetliner on Tuesday, the sixth
freighter model of the aircraft. The company had already received orders for five freighters from Air France, with options to purchase three more.
The first 777 freighter aircraft is scheduled for delivery to Air France in the fourth quarter of 2008. This is the world's largest twin-engine cargo plane, according to a statement by Boeing.
According to Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive officer Alan Mulally, "Air cargo is the fastest-growing segment of commercial aviation and a critical enabler in our global economy. We are going to build the largest plane to cater to this segment".
Air Canada had also expressed interest in 777 freighter.
The freighter will be based on the 777-200LR, an ultra-long-range model that is currently undergoing flight testing and would use General Electricís engines, it said.
Air-India has also placed an $8 billion order recently with Boeing.