The launch customer for the world’s largest twin-engine freighter has been unveiled
GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has signed an agreement with Michigan-based Kalitta Air for three Boeing 777-300ERSF aircraft.
With this deal, the cargo airline will become the first operator of the new passenger-to-freighter type.
Dubbed the “Big Twin”, the jet will be the largest ever twin-engine freighter. The conversion programme, which was announced last year, is jointly funded by GECAS and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), with the lessor delivering the prototype aircraft to undergo conversion – a former Emirates example registered A6-EBB (c/n 32789) – in June this year.
Setting a new benchmark for cargo operators, the Big Twin is set to be powered by GE90 engines, the world’s most powerful in-service powerplants.
Conrad Kalitta, the owner of Kalitta Air, commented: “Providing air express delivery all around the world for virtually any type of freight, the addition of these three 777-300ERSF freighters will help us meet the needs of our customers.”
GECAS says the widebody will also offer 25% more capacity and achieve 21% lower fuel-burn per tonne than the current four-engine freighters.
“We are delighted to continue our 15-year relationship with Kalitta Air and proud they’ve become the launch customer with the 777-300ERSF freighter for its future air cargo operations,” added Rich Greener, SVP and manager cargo of GECAS. “The [jet] shares an extensive commonality with the production 777-200LRF, that’s a benefit to any operator looking to bring a new type into their fleet.”
Delivery of the three jets is anticipated to take place in 2023.