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Boeing delivers first 747-8 cargo planes

November 4, 2011, 04:18 pm

Atlas Air Worldwide recently received the first of nine new Boeing 747-8 air freighters, according to Boeing. Atlas is scheduled to operate the freighters through British Airways World Cargo, and officials say that the new Boeing model will offer marked improvements in efficiency with improved fuel mileage and lower operating costs than its predecessor, the 747-400.

"We 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.

The company hopes that the new planes will place them in a stronger foothold in the air cargo market, and they have already secured flight routes from Europe to Asia, Africa and the United States.

Even though the 747-8 is significantly more fuel efficient than the 747-400, it is actually longer, and can carry a larger payload. This decrease in operational costs and increase in cargo storage room means impressive cumulative profits per flight.

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