Aircraft of the Month: Boeing 747-8 Freighter

The Boeing 747-8 Freighter is touted as the world’s most efficient freighter, offering 16 per cent more cargo capacity, 17 per cent lower fuel costs per tonne, and 16 percent lower tonne-mile costs than its predecessor. Boeing targets mid-2011 for the 747-8F’s entry into service with launch customer, Cargolux.

The highly anticipated aircraft offers an additional 120 cubic metresof volume that is translated to four additional main-deck pallets and three additional lower-hold pallets. The operating economics of the 747-8F are considered significantly superior to its A380F competition. With a weight that is 80 tonnes lighter than the A380F, total trip costs are lowered by approximately 21 per cent.

The new 747-8 freighter complements the existing 747-400 freighter family – the air-cargo industry’s standard (the 747 freighter family currently constitutes more than one half of the world’s total freighter capacity). The aircraft also fits within today’s aviation infrastructure and is compatible more than 210 airports worldwide without additional infrastructure changes required.

Launch customer: Cargolux
Manufacturer: Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Country: U.S.A.
First Flight: Expected in late 2011
Crew:  Two pilots
Range: 8,130 km
Engine: 4×General Electric GEnx-2B67; maximum thrust is 296 kN
Height:19.4 m
Length: 76.3 m
Wingspan: 68.5 m
Wing area: 524.9 m²
Cargo Capacity: 857.8 m³
Maximum payload capacity: 140 tonnes
Maximum Take-off Weight: 442,250 kg
Did You Know? Cargo can be loaded and unloaded on the 747-8F using both the nose and side doors for maximum speed and efficiency.

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