Western Global 777 Freighter. Copyright: Boeing
US cargo airline Western Global Airlines has ordered two Boeing 777 freighters with an additional purchase option.
Boeing’s 777 twin-engine freighter has a range of 9,200 km and can carry a maximum structural payload of 107 metric tons, while reducing fuel use and CO2 emissions compared to prior airplanes.
This capability and efficiency means fewer stops and associated landing fees for cargo operators.
“Western Global is pleased to acquire new-build 777 Freighter aircraft. As the world’s fastest growing cargo airline, we have determined that augmenting our existing fleet with new 777 Freighters will enable us to best serve our customers while providing a clear path to our future fleet plans,” said Jim Neff, Western Global Airlines chief executive officer and founder.
Having flown to over 400 airports in 135 countries on six continents, Florida-based Western Global Airlines currently owns and operates a fleet of 21 747-400 and MD-11 freighters, providing contracted turn-key transport services around the world for a variety of blue-chip logistics companies, e-commerce platforms, and the US Department of Defence.
“The addition of 777 Freighters will enable Western Global to continue its growth, providing increased capability and flexibility to its operations,” said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing. “These new freighters will complement its existing all-Boeing fleet and we are committed to deepening the partnership between our companies, which has existed since Western Global’s inception.”
Boeing has forecast that the global freighter fleet will grow by 70% in the next 20 years, with freight carriers such as Western Global supporting a rapidly expanding global e-commerce business and evolving supply chains.
Qatar Airways recently ordered up to 50 Boeing 777-8 freighters, the largest freighter commitment in Boeing’s history by value.