Turning two

I feel a special attachment to our 777 Freighter, which recently marked its second year in service. That’s because I had a small part in bringing it to the market. Beginning back in late 2001, I was part of a working group that for a number of years worked closely with our key customers to understand where Boeing needed to go with our freighter product line.

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The 777 Freighter recently marked its second year in the air.

We had to figure out whether to extend the 747’s capabilities around a freighter or build a 777 Freighter. Our customers and analysis showed that we could do both, so we designed them to complement each other in terms of capacity and cost. Some of our customers have made a choice to go with either the 777 Freighter or 747-8 Freighter— and some have made a choice to use both.

10 years after we first started talking about it, the 777 Freighter is still one of my favorites—and as you’ll see in the video below, one of our customers’ favorites too.

Comments (6)

Shawn Paul Boike (Long Beach, California):

Right-On Randy,
I agree about the 777F and 747-8F, fortunately I was an Engineer on Both Aircraft along with the original 777. This was back when Alan Mulally was our Director and Phil Condit was our VP. Two great birds which Airbus still can't match their performance yet. I miss our older Management-seams they can’t meet schedule or technical challenges since they’ve gone.

James Robinson (Long Beach CA):

The 777 freighter seems like a great airplane. In fact, on paper it seems like a better fit for military airlift than the C-17. Has Boeing considered marketing the 777 Freighter to augment the airlift the C-17 provides to some military customers?

I understand the C-17 provides an ability to take off from short and unprepared runways and fly with outsized cargo, which the 777 Freighter can't match. But, if the users look at how they actually use the C-17's, I expect they would find they aren't flying M-1 Abram's into dirt airfields all that often.

It would seem to me, for transporting palletized cargo to built up airfields the 777 Freighter can carry more cargo, farther, and with lower operating costs.

Ron D. Smith - Boeing Customer Engineering (Everett, WA):

It really is great to see 777 freighters flying cargo all around the world today. It truly is a great addition to the aviation community.

One of my contributions to the 777F program was to expand and complete an early version of the 777F configuration specification. During that process I learned a lot about it's capabilities and gained an appreciation for those who did all the preliminary design work. My hat's off to all of them.

Rob Laflin (Davis,California):

Just a quick note.Today 4/8/2011 was a great day.Parked in the cell phone lot waiting for lunch I was doing my plane spotter thing at Sacramento Int. When out of the blue comes a 747 climbing out. I then saw that it was a 747-8F in house colors What a sight,made 4 or 5 low passes over the runway.MADE MY YEAR. WHO SAYS AMERICANS CANT BUILD ANYTHING GOOD.WHAT A SIGHT!!!!!!

Adolfo Pedregosa (Hong Kong):

I agree with James Robinson, the B777F will make a good military hauler, at a less cost. I hope this stirs a debate between a C-17 vs. B777F

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

At 30% reduced cost over any other large cargo plane, the business case is made. It is a great replacement for older 747 and MD-11 cargo planes. The 777F can serve a good niche in the US Air Force to augment the C-17 cargo plane and replace the KC-10 tanker.

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