Tue, 09 Mar 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Atlas Air Worldwide on Tuesday announced an agreement with Boeing to purchase four 747-8 freighters.

The order enables Atlas Air to leverage the operational advantages of the 747-8 Freighter to meet growing cargo demand around the globe, the announcement said.

The 747-8 airplanes in this agreement will be the final four aircraft to roll off the production line in Everett of Washington State.

"The 747 will forever hold a special place in aviation history and we are honored by Atlas Air's longstanding commitment to the airplane," said Stan Deal, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Atlas Air has 53 747s in its current fleet, making it the largest 747 operator in the world.

"This significant growth opportunity will enable us to capitalize on strong demand and deliver value for our existing and prospective customers... as the global airfreight market, particularly the e-commerce and express sectors, continues to grow," said John W. Dietrich, Atlas Air Worldwide president and chief executive officer.

The 747 program has produced 1,560 aircraft since launching the jumbo jet more than 50 years ago. In July 2020, Boeing announced its decision to complete production of the 747-8 in 2022.

With a maximum payload capacity of 137.7 metric tonnes (137,750 kg), the 747-8 Freighter allows customers to access 20 percent more payload capacity while using 16 percent less fuel compared to previous-generation 747s, the company said.

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