Cargo boom and delays accelerate Boeing’s 777 freighter conversion plan
Boeing has dramatically accelerated planning for the long-considered launch of a converted freighter version of its trusty 777-300ER passenger plane as it juggles a combination of growing demand for dual pandemic recovery corridors and delivery delays. of its 777X and 787.
A senior industry executive said The Airstream that the project is “under serious evaluation” and there was a chance a launch could take place as early as the Farnborough Airshow in July, but warned that Boeing is “under a lot of pressure from all sides” and launches its second major freighter program (after the 777X freighter) may slip past the industry rally.
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“We recognize the request for a converted 777 freighter option,” Boeing said in a statement to The Airstream. “We are exploring options and expect to communicate our next steps to customers later this year.”
While a converted 777-300ER could ultimately ride the wave of high-volume e-commerce and rising ocean freight costs in the latter part of the decade, the 2022 launch is much more than just a momentum of pandemic cargo.
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