Western Global Airlines (KD, Fort Myers Southwest Florida) has placed an order with Boeing (BOE, Washington National) for two B777-200Fs with options for two more as it expands into the large twinjet freighter segment.

"We have determined that augmenting our existing fleet with new 777 Freighters will enable us to best serve our customers while providing a clear path to our future fleet plans," Chief Executive and founder Jim Neff said.

Neither the airline nor Boeing revealed delivery details.

The order is not only Western Global's first commitment for twinjet aircraft, but also its first-ever deal directly with the manufacturer. The ch-aviation fleets module shows the Floridan cargo specialist operates 21 dedicated freighters, all of which it acquired on the second-hand market. Its fleet comprises seventeen MD-11(F)s (including seven recently acquired from Lufthansa Cargo), two B747-400(BCF)s, one B747-400FSCD, and one B747-400(BDSF).

Last year, the US Department of Transportation removed fleet size restrictions from the airline, opening the door for it to expand beyond 19 aircraft.