The world’s largest air cargo carrier, FedEx Express, has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777 Freighter.
The aircraft is the ninth 777 Freighter to be delivered by Boeing and is the first 777 Freighter to enter service with a U.S.-based global freight carrier. FedEx Express ordered 15 Boeing 777 Freighters in 2006 and is the largest customer for the twinjet freighter.
“The 777F is a game changer,” says Michael Ducker, president, international for FedEx Express. “Its operational efficiencies and environmental benefits alone are impressive, but combine those advantages with the service improvements it delivers and FedEx Express will be able to take international shipping to another level. Our customers around the world will benefit from more point-to-point routes and the shorter flight times, increasing their competitiveness in the global marketplace.”
For example, with the 777 Freighter, transit times from points in Asia to the FedEx hub in Memphis, Tennessee will drop by one to three hours compared with the MD-11 Freighter, according to Boeing ― mainly because the 777F has a longer range with full load than the MD-11F. Boeing says this will allow FedEx to accept packages from its customers later in the day and still deliver them on time.
“The 777 Freighter will have a unique role for FedEx Express, providing exceptional range that brings new efficiency to the airline and its customers,” says Kevin Schemm, vice president, North America sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 777 Freighter will allow FedEx Express to operate point-to-point routes that save valuable flying time, coupled with outstanding fuel efficiency and environmental responsibility.”
In the FedEx Express operation, the 777 Freighter can fly 5,800 nautical miles (6,675 statute miles, 10,740 km), an increase of 2,100 nautical miles (2,410 statute miles, 3,890 km) compared with the airline’s MD-11 Freighter fleet. The FedEx 777 Freighter has a revenue payload capacity of 215,000 pounds (97.5 metric tons), a 37,000-pound (16.7-metric-ton) increase over the MD-11 Freighter.
The 777 Freighter uses 18 per cent less fuel than the MD-11 Freighter on comparable FedEx Express routes, reduces maintenance cost and provides quieter takeoffs and landings that meet airport noise standards, says Boeing.
Some 58 customers have ordered more than 1,100 777s, including 71 777 Freighters. Orders for the 777F to date exceed by some 20 aircraft the volume of orders for the ultra-long-range 777-200LR, from which the 777F was developed.