Boeing reported in mid-August it has delivered a twin-engine 777 Freighter to Volga-Dnepr Group, a Russia-based company that claims to be the world leader in the outsize and heavyweight airfreight market. The company already had a fleet of 22 Boeing freighters, and is reportedly among the world’s largest Boeing freighter operators, but this is its first 777 Freighter. AirBridgeCargo, a Russian cargo carrier and subsidiary of Volga-Dnepr, will operate the 777F via a sale-leaseback agreement inked with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise.
Volga-Dnepr’s Boeing freighter fleet includes 17 Boeing 747 freighters and five 737, with models including the 747-8F, 747-400ERF, 737-800BCF, and 737-400SF. The 777F that AirBridgeCargo will put to work has a 4,970-nautical mile (9,200-kilometer) range and payload capacity of 224,900 pounds (102,010 kilograms), which Boeing says is more than any other twin-engine freighter. Along with the 747F, the 777F is the only production freighter that can transport tall and outsized cargo loads on 10-foot (3-meter)-tall pallets, Boeing notes.
Boeing’s freighter family is comprised of standard-body, medium wide-body, and large freighter models. Besides the 777F, the lineup includes such models as the 747-8F, 767F, 767-300BCF, and 737-800BCF.
Boeing says it provides more than 90% of the world’s dedicated freighter capacity. Since launching the 777 Freighter program in 2005, the aerospace manufacturer says customers have ordered 231 units; Volga-Dnepr now becomes the 19th 777F operator. Boeing says that as of 2017 it had 1,870 freighters in service and expects 3,260 in service by 2037.
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Posted On: 8/19/2020 12:06:12 PM