DHL Express on 20 April ordered nine Mammoth-converted B777-200LR freighters from Jetran. The first cargo aircraft will be delivered in 2024, with the remaining aircraft to be supplied until early 2027.
DHL is prioritizing the modernization of its long-haul intercontinental fleet, including the replacement of older planes. The company said ordering converted freighters with a shorter useful life provides an efficient bridge between current and new airframe technologies, like that of new generation wide-body freighters such as the B777-8F and A350F.
DHL cited similar characteristics between the Mammoth-converted B777-200LR freighter and the production freighter. With a payload capacity of 102 tonnes and a range of 9,200 kilometers, the B777F offers the largest capacity and range for twin-engine freighters, even considered more reliable than older B747 planes
It is also more fuel-efficient and reduces CO2 emissions by 18 percent compared to legacy airplanes, which is in line with the company’s sustainability agenda.
From 2018 to 2022, DHL ordered 28 new B777-200F freighters from Boeing, of which 18 are currently in service. The remaining aircraft will be delivered from 2023 to 2025. The company operates more than 300 dedicated aircraft with 18 partner airlines on over 2,400 daily flights, across 220 countries and territories.