A Boeing 787 freighter, which variant and how good?

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By Bjorn Fehrm


March 17, 2022, © Leeham News: Monday, we started a series of articles discussing a possible Boeing 787 freighter. It shall replace the Boeing 767 freighter, one of Boeing’s most-produced models, with over 200 factory freighters delivered.

We use our Airliner Performance Model to understand which 787 variant would be most suitable as a base for a freighter and what performance it would have.

Figure 1. Would a 767-300F replacement (top) be a 787-8F (middle) or 787-9F (bottom)? Source: Leeham Co.

  • Boeing can build a very competitive freighter on the 787 base.
  • We analyze which of the different 787 models is the most suitable and predict payload, range, and economics.

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