Boeing 777F deliveryBoeing delivers first 777F
Erster 777-Frachter geht an Air France<br /> (19 February 2009) Boeing today celebrated the delivery of the company's first 777 Freighter to launch customer Air France, in a ceremony at the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour near Paine Field.
"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 (9,038 kilometers) with a full payload of 226,700 pounds (103 metric tons). 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.
Air France Cargo also was the first operator of the 747-400ER Freighter. Twelve customers have ordered a total of 73 777 Freighters.