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With the official launch of the 777-8 Freighter confirmed today with the first order from Qatar Airways, it marks the start of Boeing’s renewal of its full-freighter portfolio. AirInsight talked to Tom Sanderson, Director of Product Marketing of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, to discuss its freighter position and the cargo market. 777-8 Freighter launch kicks off Boeing’s portfolio update.

It was Chief Financial Officer Brian West who during Boeing’s 2021 results webcast on January 26 mentioned that the freighter version of the X is now being offered to customers. That was one day after Reuters reported that Qatar Airways is close to signing an order for fifty 777X Freighters (including options), which happened on January 31 during that state visit of the Emir of Qatar to Washington. Qatar Airways has been in pole position to become the launch airline of the 777X Freighter, especially since its relationship with Airbus has hit rock-bottom of the A350 issues and an order for the A350 Freighter is unimaginable right now.


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