Our 747-8 fleet reached a very important milestone over the weekend when a Cargolux 747-8 Freighter touched down in Hanoi. It marked the 100th airport to welcome 747-8 revenue service. Even more incredible, the airplane has reached that number after just 16 months in service.
A water cannon salute greets the Cargolux 747-8 Freighter in Hanoi. Photos from Cargolux.
Compare that to the A380, which has revenue service into about three dozen airports. It speaks to the capabilities and value the 747-8 is providing to our customers, as well as showing that it can operate safely within an airport environment that takes into account everything from clearances to parking requirements.
The fleet has also been approved for more than 240 airports around the world.
Cargolux pilots pose on the flight deck after touching down in Hanoi.
Finally, I’m proud to say the airplane is performing well in service with a dispatch reliability of approximately 98.4 percent. Even though the market for large airplanes is sluggish, we’re expecting a turnaround. That why we’re engaged in active campaigns to fill out our 2014 skyline— and beyond!