Chicago - Boeing is working on a new business case regarding a 777-300ER passenger to freighter conversion as part of its long-term growth plans.

Boeing evaluates passenger to freighter conversion option for 777-300ER to meet the increasing cargo aircraft demand in the market.

We have been talking to customers about market acceptance and pricing, and we are in the midst of working the business case,
said Stan Deal, the president, and CEO of Boeing Global Services.

The strong demand in global freight is widely driven by the explosion in e-commerce in the world. E-commerce market continues to record double-digit growth year over year.

Around 2022, the first 777-300ERs will be completing their life cycles as passenger planes. Taking into account that Boeing would deliver the first 777Xs in 2020, converting the old 777-300ERs to the freighter and giving them a second life seems a feasible option.

Boeing 777 is currently the world's largest twinjet airliner in service with a seating capacity of 314 to 396 passengers, and with a flight range of 5,240 to 8,555 nautical miles (9,704 to 15,844 km).

The aircraft made its commercial debut with United Airlines on June 7, 1995. To date, it has received more orders than any other widebody jetliner. More than 60 customers across the globe placed orders for 1988 copies of all variants of the device.

The most common and the best selling variant is the 777-300ER with 834 orders and 789 deliveries. Emirates Airlines operates the largest 777-300ER fleet with 140 aircraft (seven on order).