Atlas Air has continued to expand its fleet of widebody freighters through the addition of its latest B747-8 aircraft – one of the last iconic ‘jumbo jets’ that will be built. The aircraft is the second of four new B747-8 freighters ordered by Atlas Air in 2021. These are the last 747-8 freighters ever to be produced by Boeing. This is the second of four new 747-8 Freighters ordered by Atlas Air in 2021. These are the last 747-8 Freighters ever to be produced by Boeing.
The 747-8F is the most capable, technologically advanced and environmentally friendly widebody freighter, providing 20% higher payload capacity and 16% lower fuel consumption than the very capable 747-400F. This aircraft has been placed under a long-term agreement with an existing customer.
“We are pleased to receive this additional 747-8F, and to add more capacity and value to our customers,” said John Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide. “Atlas’ investment in these new aircraft underscores our commitment to environmental stewardship through the reduction of aircraft emissions, resource consumption and noise.”
The iconic Boeing 747 program has been in operation for over 50 years and these aircraft will continue to play a critical role in keeping global supply chains moving for decades to come. The 747-8 is the only factory-built freighter with nose-loading capability in production, which will serve the long-term needs of the airfreight market.
In total, Atlas Air Worldwide operates 54 Boeing 747s: 10 B747-8Fs, 35 B747-400Fs, five B747-400 passenger and four Large Cargo Freighters (LCFs).