TNT Airways is leasing three Boeing 777 freighters to operate on long-haul routes between Europe and Asia.
It currently operates two owned B747 freighters on these routes along with two B747 freighters on short-term lease. The B777s will reduce its reliance on commercial line-haul and external short-term contract capacity, while providing the capacity required to support the company’s growth in Asia.
The B777 freighter offers a maximum payload of 107 tons compared to the 117 tons payload of a B747.
And it carries more payload than a 747 over distances greater than 8,100 miles.
The first aircraft will be delivered and enter service by July 2011. The two other will enter service by the end of 2011.