Israeli firm Elbit Systems is to supply the large main-deck cargo door for the Boeing 777-8 freighter, under an aerostructures agreement with the US airframer.

Elbit will also supply cargo doors for the current 777F.

It will provide the structures through its wholly-owned Eblit Systems-Cyclone subsidiary, the company states.

“This selection attests to our past performance and the importance of being a part of Boeing’s ‘premier bidder’ programme,” says Elbit’s aerospace general manager Yoram Shmuely.

He says the company’s aviation business is set to benefit from increased demand for cargo aircraft and the expansion of e-commerce in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Boeing’s 777-8 freighter is part of the 777X programme.

Among customers committing to the new cargo aircraft – powered by General Electric GE9X engines – are Qatar Airways, Lufthansa Cargo, Ethiopian Airlines, Cargolux, Silk Way West and All Nippon Airways.

Boeing expects the 777-8 freighter to enter service in 2027.


Source: Boeing

Boeing’s 777-8 freighter will complement its 777F, based on the 777-200LR