It’s not very often that you can celebrate the anniversary of a new airplane’s first delivery and entry into service on the same day. But that’s exactly what the 747 program is doing today. One year ago, we delivered the first 747-8 Freighter to Cargolux. Later that same day, Cargolux flew the airplane to Sea-Tac Airport and immediately put it into service with a full load of cargo.
Cargolux Interim President and CEO Richard Forson said it best: “I am happy to say that the 747-8 freighter is proving its worth…I believe this aircraft is in a class of its own and will continue to play a pivotal role in the air freight industry for decades to come.”
Since October 12, 2011, we’ve seen many milestones. The Freighter is now being flown with six more liveries— and continues to meet or exceed expectations in service reliability, fuel burn, and payload capacity. We’ve delivered 30 747-8 airplanes to date, including 23 Freighters and 7 Intercontinentals. The airplanes have served more than 80 airports around the world.
Congratulations to the 747-8 team for an anniversary we can all be proud of. Here’s a photo gallery showing the rest of the Freighter fleet.