Boeing grows 777F tally with mystery order

777-8F. Copyright: Boeing Media Library

Boeing has revealed that two 777 freighters were ordered by unidentified customer(s) last month, taking the airframer’s total 2023 777F orders to 10.

Atlas Air ordered two 777Fs in October, while Boeing’s order data shows there were several more as yet unidentified customers throughout the year.

One 777F was ordered in April, four in June, and one in July.

Meanwhile, there were no order’s for Boeing’s 777-8F, launched in January 2022.

Orders placed for the aircraft include: Silkway West (2), Cargolux (10), Lufthansa (7), ANA (2) and Qatar (34).

Ethiopian Airlines also signed an MoU for five of the aircraft, although it is not clear whether this order was later firmed up.

The last deal that Boeing struck for the model was with Silk Way West at the end of 2022.

Rival airframer Airbus finished the year with a stack of A350 freighter orders.

Cathay Cargo placed an order for six A350Fs in December, with the right to order 20 more. The deal is worth around $2.7bn at list price.

Turkish Airlines also ordered five A350Fs in December.

The 777-8F offers a maximum structural payload of 118 tonnes (revenue payload 112.3tonnes) and a range of 8,167 km, while its cargo door has a width of 3.72 m.

Boeing noted last year that did not find nose loading capabilities were in high demand when developing its future widebody freighter. 

According to Airbus, the A350F has equal volume to the 747F, and +5t more payload compared to the 777F. The airframer said it has 40% lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions compared to the 747F.

Last year, Airbus has shifted the entry into service date for the A350 freighter into 2026, while the first 777-8F deliveries are due in 2027. 

Atlas Air orders two 777Fs

Boeing launches new freighter with Qatar Airways order

Cargolux finalises order for Boeing B777-8F freighters

Silk Way West finalises B777-8F freighters order

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]