MIDDLE EAST: Emirates takes delivery of first B777 Freighter

Emirates SkyCargo has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777 Freighter, making it the second carrier to begin operating the newest generation freighter on the market, after Air France-KLM Cargo took delivery of its first in late February. The freighter arrived in Dubai after completing its inaugural commercial flight from Hong Kong. The carrier took […]


Emirates SkyCargo has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777 Freighter, making it the second carrier to begin operating the newest generation freighter on the market, after Air France-KLM Cargo took delivery of its first in late February.

The freighter arrived in Dubai after completing its inaugural commercial flight from Hong Kong. The carrier took delivery of the new-generation freighter at Boeing’s Everett, Washington facility and from there it went directly to Hong Kong where it was loaded with cargo bound for Dubai and beyond.

The Boeing 777F boasts the longest range capability of all twin engine jets, able to fly non-stop between Dubai and major cargo centres such as Frankfurt and Hong Kong with a full 103-tonne payload.

The Boeing 777F uses less fuel per tonne of cargo than other freighters available and is also the quietest freighter fl ying today (QC2 compliant), Emirates said in statement.

The new aircraft will complement Emirates existing fleet of eight freighters – with another eight on order and options for a further nine – as well as the belly capacity of its Boeing 777 passenger aircraft. This year, the airline will become the largest Boeing 777 operator in the world, already operating more than 70. Sixty five per cent of all Emirates SkyCargo traffic is carried in the belly of its wide-bodied passenger aircraft.