Boeing has taken the last orders for its iconic 747 aircraft with confirmation that its final four airplanes are now spoken for.
With only the 747-8 still in production, Boeing has announced that the last four aircraft off the production line will be for Atlas Air – the global air freight specialist, who will use the aircraft to meet its growing cargo demand around the world.
“The 747-8F is the best and most versatile widebody freighter in the market, and we are excited to bolster our fleet with the acquisition of these four aircraft,” said John W. Dietrich, Atlas Air Worldwide President and Chief Executive Officer.
With a maximum payload capacity of 137.7 metric tonnes (137,750 kg), the 747-8 Freighter allows customers to access 20% more payload capacity while using 16% less fuel compared to previous-generation 747s. The jet also features 30% quieter engines. The 747-8 airplanes in this agreement will be the final four aircraft to roll off the production line in Everett, Washington.
The aircraft are set to be delivered in 2022, which will be 52 years since the first Boeing 747-100 was delivered to Pan Am in November 1970.
Atlas Air has 53 747s in its current fleet, making it the largest 747 operator in the world.