A good seven weeks after the maiden flight of Lufthansa Cargo’s Boeing 777F, the freight airline’s new flagship landed in Asia for the first time. The “Triple Seven” safely reached its destination in
the Indian metropolis of Mumbai on Thursday at 03:08 am local time following a seven hour flight. On board the freighter were almost 90 tons of cargo.
The Boeing 777F is currently being used in scheduled operations between Europe and North America mainly. However, in between this, the aircraft are also being regularly flown to other
destinations as the new pilots for this type have to complete many hours of flight training before being licensed to fly them in Lufthansa Cargo scheduled operations.
Two of the total of five ordered Boeing 777 freighters are already in use at Lufthansa Cargo. The maiden flight was on 19 November to New York and Atlanta. The new aircraft is quieter, has lower emissions and is more economical than any other freighter in its class. With a full payload of 103 tonnes, it is able to remain in the air for ten and a half hours. This means that it can fly non-stop for more than 9,000 kilometres, enabling Lufthansa Cargo to fly direct and fully loaded from Frankfurt to Shanghai, for example. The Chinese metropolis shall be served with a daily “Triple Seven” flight from March onwards.