Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has taken delivery
of the first of nine 747-8 Freighters the company has on order.
Atlas Air's 49% subsidiary, Global Supply
Systems (GSS), will operate the new freighter for British Airways
World Cargo through a five-year wet-lease agreement.
have been looking forward to the delivery of our first 747-8F for
a long time, and we are delighted that it is going into service with our valued, long-standing customer, British Airways World
Cargo," said William J. Flynn, president and chief executive
officer of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
As part of
the lease agreement for three 747-8 Freighters with GSS, British
Airways World Cargo will utilize the airplanes on long-haul routes
to cargo hubs in Asia, Africa, India and the United States.
"The addition of the 747-8 Freighter to the fleet is an
important step in our overall long-haul business strategy," said
Jude Winstanley, senior vice president for IAG Cargo, comprised of
BA World Cargo and Iberia Cargo. "The 747-8 Freighter provides us
market-leading performance in terms of payload, fuel efficiency,
low tonne-kilometer cost and environmental compliance."
The new 747-8 Freighter
is 250 feet, 2 inches (76.3 m) long, which is 18 feet and 4 inches
(5.6 m) longer than its predecessor, the 747-400 Freighter. The
stretch provides customers with 16% more revenue cargo
volume, which translates to four additional main-deck pallets and
three additional lower-hold pallets. The 747-8 Freighters will be
powered with GE's GEnx-2B engines.
The aircraft will deliver
double-digit improvements in fuel burn and lower emissions over
the 747-400 will replace.
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