Boeing has delivered its 20th new 747-8
airplane, a 747-8 Freighter, to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings,
Atlas Air will operate it on behalf of
Panalpina, the Swiss-based freight operator.
It is the first time in Panalpina's
history that an airplane has been painted in the company's livery.
The 747-8 Freighter entered
service immediately on a flight from Seattle to Hong Kong. Named the 'Spirit of Panalpina',
the aircraft will then fly from Hong
Kong on to Luxembourg with cargo on board.
Atlas Air has ordered nine 747-8 Freighters, two
of which they will operate for Panalpina.
The 747-8 Freighter offers 16% more
capacity than the 747-400 Freighter. It is environmentally more
progressive, with double digit improvements in fuel efficiency and
CO2 emissions and a noise footprint reduction of 30%.
To date, Boeing has now delivered 20 747-8s
including 16 747-8 Freighters, three 747-8 Intercontinentals to
VIP customers and one 747-8 Intercontinental to Lufthansa.
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