DHL Express orders 9 Mammoth-converted B777-200LR freighters
First delivery expected in 2024 with aircraft to replace older B747 freighters
DHL Express has ordered nine Mammoth-converted B777-200LR freighters from Jetran.
"The first cargo aircraft will be delivered in 2024 with the remaining aircraft to be supplied until early 2027," says an official release.
The agreement is part of the overall sustainability priority to modernise DHL Express’s long-haul intercontinental fleet including the replacement of older planes, the release added. "Ordering converted freighters with a shorter useful life provides an efficient bridge between current and new airframe technologies such as new generation wide-body freighters B777-8F and A350F."
Robert Hyslop, EVP, Global Aviation, DHL Express says: “We are excited to welcome Mammoth-converted B777-200LRFs to the DHL Express family. With the modernisation of our intercontinental fleet, we can simultaneously enhance our proven ability to meet growing demand, improve our environmental footprint and deliver best quality service to our customers. We are pleased to continue demonstrating to partners and customers alike how these advancements elevate our service and bring us closer to our Sustainability Roadmap goals.”
The Mammoth converted B777-200LR freighter promises similar characteristics and benefits as the production freighter and is an ideal fit for DHL, the release added. "With a payload capacity of 102 tonnes and a range of 9,200 kilometres, the B777F has the largest capacity and range of all twin-engine freighter aircraft and is more reliable than older B747 planes. It is also more fuel-efficient and reduces CO2 emissions by 18 percent compared to legacy airplanes."
Between 2018 and 2022, DHL bought 28 new B777-200F freighters from Boeing and 18 of those aircraft are currently in service. "The remaining aircraft will be delivered from 2023 to 2025. The aircraft forms the backbone of DHL’s intercontinental air network in which DHL Express operates more than 300 dedicated aircraft with 18 partner airlines on over 2,400 daily flights, across 220 countries and territories."
Mammoth had announced in late 2021 that Cargojet Airways was the launch customer for its 777-200LR freighter with the signing of a sales agreement for two 777-200LRMF freighters. Cargojet has additional options for two 300ERMFs and two additional 200LRMFs. The delivery for Cargojet will begin in the second half of 2023.
Mammoth offers a flexible business model to the freighter conversion market by providing cargo operators and asset owners the option of either converting their own 777-200LR or 777-300ERs or acquiring or leasing ready-to-fly converted freighters from Mammoth’s existing feedstock of former Delta 777-200LR aircraft.