Boeing has delivered a 777 Freighter to Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Crystal Cargo, the fast-growing cargo division of Etihad Airways.
The 777 Freighter is Etihad Airways’ first Boeing freighter and joins the airline’s existing Boeing 777 fleet, which includes seven 777-300ERs. The Boeing 777F is the world’s longest-range, twin-engine freighter and features the lowest trip cost of any large freighter, according to Boeing.
“We are excited about this latest addition to our dedicated Crystal Cargo freighter fleet and we expect the 777 Freighter to deliver exceptional value to us and to our customers,” says Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ chief planning and strategy officer, who also leads the Crystal Cargo division.
“With its proven track record, long-range capabilities and excellent operating efficiencies, the 777 Freighter will allow us to economically deliver cargo further than ever before,” adds Knight. “Our decision to invest in the 777 Freighter helps ensure that we are well positioned to serve our customers’ long-term needs.”
The 777 Freighter is based on the Boeing 777-200LR ultra-long-range passenger jet and can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 225,200 pounds (102 metric tons). With its high-cargo density capability and 10-foot (3.1-meter) interior height, the 777 Freighter provides a cargo capacity normally associated with larger aircraft, says Boeing.
Etihad Crystal Cargo was the launch customer for the Airbus A330-200 freighter and operates two of the type, along with six Airbus A300-600RF cargo aircraft and four McDonnell Douglas MD-11F freighters. The MD-11Fs are operated on its behalf by World Airways.