Emirates takes delivery of 3rd Boeing 777
Dubai, August 29, 2011
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates Airline, has taken delivery of its third Boeing 777 Freighter, one of the most modern, technologically advanced large freighters in the world.
It joins Emirates’ expanding fleet of Boeing 777s, serving an ever-growing demand from a global cargo market, said a statement from the Dubai airline.
With a long-range flying capacity of over 17 hours without refueling, capability of carrying up to 103 tonnes of cargo and technologically advanced General Electric (GE) engines, the Boeing 777F provides greater flexibility than any other freighter aircraft in operation today, it added.
The 777F will be deployed to Brazil serving São Paulo (VCP) thrice weekly complementing the daily passenger operation to GRU.
“Even in an uncertain global economy, our commitment to facilitating international trade remains strong,” said Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, whose cargo team worked closely with the planemaker on the design of the aircraft.
“Boeing’s collaborative spirit inspires us to work together to develop creative solutions to the challenges the cargo industry faces every day,” he remarked.
Invited by Boeing to help digitally design the aircraft to better meet Emirates’ customers’ needs, the newest addition to the Emirates SkyCargo fleet features a wide main deck cargo door for easier uplift of oversized shipments.
During the design and development of the 777F, Emirates worked closely with Boeing in optimizing the main deck floor layout.
“We enjoy working with Emirates because their team is as committed to meeting customers’ logistical needs as we are, while ensuring the most economical and environmentally-friendly operation,” said Marty Bentrott, senior VP for sales, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The 777F maintains the lowest fuel burn of any comparable sized aircraft, consuming nearly 18 per cent less fuel than today’s freighters.
Emirates SkyCargo introduced its first Boeing 777F in March 2009. In December 2010, it operated its longest ever non-stop flight – 17.5 hours from Sydney to New York – on the Boeing 777F, the statement said.
Emirates is the largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft, currently with 91 Boeing 777s in its fleet, it added.-TradeArabia News Service