Boeing has delivered a 747-8 Freighter to
Narita-based Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), marking the Japanese
debut for the 747-8.
The new airplane is NCA's first 747-8
Freighter on order with Boeing.
"We are excited to take delivery of this new
fuel-efficient freighter, which will be a perfect addition to
NCA's cargo fleet," said Takuzo Nomura, Senior Executive Managing
Director, NCA. "The 747-8 Freighter will provide improved
economics and efficiency as well as environmental benefits that
are all essential in today's market."
The airline currently
operates eight 747-400 Freighters with two 747-400 Freighters on
lease with other airlines.
The environmentally focused Nippon Cargo
Airlines will also undertake its first biofuel flight with this
747-8 Freighter. The new airplane will become
the first 747-8 to use a blend of environmentally progressive
biofuels (jet kerosene and used cooking oil) to fly across the
Nippon Cargo Airlines, one of the launch
customers for the 747-8 Freighter in 2005 and also part of a team
that helped develop the aircraft, plans to begin revenue service
with its new 747-8 Freighter by mid-August on Asia and North American routes.
Boeing says the 747-8 Freighter will provide
double-digit improvements in fuel burn, operating costs and lower
emissions over the 747-400 Freighter. The 747-8 Freighter is also
provide 16% more revenue-generating cargo volume and
boasts a significantly improved environmental performance. Per tonne-kilometer, its carbon dioxide emissions are 16% lower
than those of the 747-400 Freighter. It also reduced its noise
footprint by more than 30%.
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