It’s always fun to watch the reaction of people when they see their first 747. More and more people are getting that experience these days, as our new 747-8 just began service to its 150th airport.
A 747-8 Freighter operated by Atlas Air receives a water cannon salute after landing at Riga International Airport in Latvia. All photos courtesy of Riga Airport.
A 747-8 Freighter operated by Atlas Air touched down at Riga International Airport in Latvia last week. Achieving the 150 airport milestone only 31 months after going into service is truly a testament to the design and capabilities of the airplane. The A380 operates to roughly 30 airports, depending on the season.
We’re also seeing some other good news for the 747-8 Freighter. When it comes to the cargo market, volume has increased a little over 4 percent since this time last year, and we expect it to continue to pick up as world trade growth moves forward.
69 of our 747-8s have been delivered so far. The fleet is performing well in service, with a dispatch reliability of 98.9 percent. And best of all, our customers love the airplane. We look forward to seeing it at even more airports down the road.