Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
19 February 2009
14 July 2008
Also Known As: Boeing 777 freighter and Boeing 777LRF
Origin: United States of America
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Description: The Boeing 777 is the first aircraft to be fully digitally designed using 3D computer graphics eliminating the need for costly full-scale mock-ups. The result is an aircraft larger than all other twin-engine and tri-engine aircraft and smaller than Boeing 747 aircraft while aimed at the medium and long range markets and bringing the low-costs benefits owned by twin-engine aircraft.
The long range Boeing 777 program was launched in 1990 with an order from United Airlines and entered airlines service in 1995. The aircraft is currently available in six models: 777-200, 777-200ER (Extended Range), 777-200LR (Longer-Range), 777-300, 777-300ER and 777F (freighter). A seventh member is under development slated for entry into service before 2020, the 777X.
Introducing a new wing design, more efficient and powerful General Electric GE90, Pratt & Whitney PW4000 or Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines, and lighter structures, the 777 is a fuel-efficient aircraft. Fuel savings allow to offer lower prices to airlines' customers while minimizing environmental impact.
The Boeing 777 freighter is the last 777 family member scheduled to enter commercial service in the fourth quarter of 2008, introducing for the first time a cargo dedicated model in the 777 product line. Boeing expects its newest 777 to become the world's largest and most capable twin-engine freighter providing longer range and more capacity than any other aircraft in its class.
The 777 freighter design will evolve from the B777-200LR long range passenger aircraft, due to enter service in 2006. 777-200LR platform was selected by its longer range and payload capacity, which will be the strength features of the new cargo airplane. With more than 222,000 pounds of payload weight and accommodating 27 standard pallets on its main deck and 10 in its lower cargo hold, the 777 freighter will fly 5,200 nautical miles (9,700 km).
The operating costs and trip cost will be lower than any large cargo aircraft. The General Electric GE90-115B engine was selected to power the newest 777. In May 2005, Boeing released the 777 Freighter was going to be powered by the General Electric's GE90-110B1L engine. The Boeing company expects to ensure world's freighter market leadership through the successful 747 and the planned 777 freighters well into the 21st century.
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