Boeing 777-8 Freighter and 777-9 widebody passenger aircraft.

Boeing Preps World’s Largest Twin-Engine Cargo Jet

Feb. 2, 2022
Qatar Airways has ordered up to 50 of the new 777-8 Freighter – an order worth more than $20 billion – and a separate plan for up to 50 737 MAX-10 jets, worth nearly $7 billion.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes will introduce the 777-8 Freighter with Qatar Airways following an order for up to 50 of the new variant of the twin-engine wide-body jet series. The 777-8 Freighter will be world's largest twin-engine cargo jet, according to Boeing, with the most payload capacity and a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency, emissions, and operating costs.

The Qatar Airways orders involves 34 new aircraft and options for 16 more jets, a total purchase that would be worth over $20 billion at current list prices, Boeing said. It’s also the highest-value contract for freighter aircraft ever booked by the OEM.

Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2027.

In addition to the new cargo aircraft, Boeing and Qatar Airways signed a “memo of understanding” for 25 new 737-10 aircraft and purchase rights for 25 more. The total value of this 737-10 commitment is nearly $7 billion, Boeing noted.

As detailed by Boeing, the new 777-8 Freighter is being designed to maximize operating efficiency and environmental performance. It will incorporate a new carbon-fiber composite wing and fuel-efficient engines.

Qatar Airways booked an order with GE Aviation for 30 GE9X engines and four GE90-115B engines, which would be valued at more than $6.8 billion.

The new 777-8 Freighter will have a range of 4,410 nautical miles (8,167 km) and a maximum structural payload of 118 metric tons.

Boeing will build the 777-8 Freighter in its Everett, Wash., factory.

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