Boeing and Atlas Air Worldwide today announced an agreement to purchase four 747-8 Freighters.
Atlas Air has 53 747s in its current fleet, making it the largest 747 operator in the world. Its world-class fleet also includes 737s, 767s and 777s.
“The 747-8F is the best and most versatile widebody freighter in the market, and we are excited to bolster our fleet with the acquisition of these four aircraft. The efficiency and capability of the 747-8F further complements our longstanding focus on leading edge technology, said John W. Dietrich, Atlas Air Worldwide President and Chief Executive Officer.
With a maximum payload capacity of 137.7 metric tonnes (137,750 kg), the 747-8 Freighter allows customers to access 20% more payload capacity while using 16% less fuel compared to previous-generation 747s.
The 747-8 airplanes in this agreement will be the final four aircraft to roll off the production line in Everett, Washington.