15 years of Boeing 777 Freighter success

Since its debut in 2009, the world’s best-selling widebody freighter has hauled up to 20% of global air freight.

March 12, 2024 in Commercial

Since Boeing delivered the first 777 Freighter in 2009, the game-changing twin-engine widebody freighter has become the most popular production widebody freighter with a fleet exceeding 250 and counting.

Boeing has delivered the 777 Freighter to 36 customers, who have operated the airplane a combined 4 billion miles and 8.4 million flight hours. The payload, range and tonne-kilometer economics of the 777 Freighter allow for more long-range, nonstop freighter flights than ever, connecting markets such as Asia with the United States and Europe, and linking critical high-value cargo markets without the need for a refueling stop.

Why does it matter: In the past 15 years, the airplane has made its mark in the air cargo industry - 37% of all large widebody freighters flying today are 777 Freighters.

“Air cargo has proven its value time and time again, with dramatic examples over the course of the pandemic. Dedicated freighters will remain a critical part of global trade in the future with their unique combination of speed and reliability in a dynamic economy,” said Darren Hulst, vice president of Commercial Marketing.

“In just 15 years, the 777 Freighter has become the most popular dedicated freighter in history with its demonstrated versatility. The 777 Freighter carries a wide variety of payloads with the range and economics that keep Boeing freighters at the top of the industry.”

What’s next: Going forward, the 777-8 Freighter will build on the benefits of the 777 Freighter with the latest generation technologies of the 777X family -- providing the lowest costs of any large freighter with increased capacity for high-demand markets. The airplane will offer a 30% improvement on fuel use and CO2 emissions from the 747-400, with the highest payload and capability for a sustainable and profitable future.

Boeing forecasts the global freighter fleet to reach 3,435 airplanes by 2040 – including the newest member of the freighter family, the 777-8 Freighter is set to deliver in 2027.