Boeing’s CEO David Calhoun has hinted that the aircraft manufacturer will be developing the B787F to replace the B767F.
In the most definitive statement so far by any official about Boeing’s future freighter strategy, Calhoun told FreightWaves the 787 is the most likely candidate for the next cargo jet.
Sure, it's probably the 787, but the actual quote given from Calhoun is a lot less definitive than the way the article describes it:
Calhoun: "Someday. Probably likely."
Media: "In the most definitive statement so far..."
His talk at the conference mentioned wasn't about aircraft development plans. It was rather generally about the overall business environment. Regarding cargo, he mentioned Boeing be well-positioned for the cargo growth that happened due to the pandemic, but didn't comment on plans for new aircraft. He argued that air cargo demand will remain strong, although I was disappointed he didn't say anything about the return to the market of a huge amount of passenger aircraft lower deck capacity, and how that will affect the dedicated freighter demand.
I get the impression Calhoun's response to the question didn't reflect a specific plan to work towards launching a 787 freighter, but more of a general intention: there's going to be another freighter variant eventually, and the 787 is currently the most obvious candidate, "probably."
The article does reference him as saying Boeing is not going to petition for a waiver from the 2028 emissions requirements for the 767. That also constrains future freighter options. Either package freight companies need to like the size of the 767 so much that they'll buy enough of them, for a high enough price to make a re-engine profitable, or they have to adapt to the size of the 787, or they have to push for an NMA.