Boeing earlier this week confirmed the newest addition to its 777X aircraft family as it launched the 777-8 freighter with an order for up to 50 aircraft from Qatar Airways.
The Doha-based flag carrier, who will be the launch customer of the new jet, has expressed a firm order for 34 cargo jets and options for 16 more, a deal estimated to be worth more than $20 billion at current list prices.
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With a range of 4,410 nautical miles (8,167 kilometres), the 777-8 freighter has a maximum structural payload of 118 tonnes, allowing fewer stops and reducing landing fees on long-haul routes.
As part of the agreement, Qatar Airways will convert 20 of its 60 777X family orders to the 777-8 freighter. The airline is also ordering two of Boeing’s best-selling 777 freighters to capitalise on the buoyant air cargo market..
Boeing said this is the largest freighter commitment in its history by value. Delivery of the company’s new jet freighter is anticipated in 2027.