Something large landed at YVR in late December. Cathay Pacific’s long-awaited, brand new 747-8 Freighter touched down at Vancouver International Airport for the first time, an encouraging sign for increased exports between Canada and Asia. The 747-8 Freighter is the world’s longest cargo aircraft measuring 73.3m and holds up to 134 tonnes of cargo, which is 16 per cent more volume than the airline’s predecessor, the 747-400.
Not only does the aircraft hold more cargo, it is a leader in environmental performance. The 747-8F is more fuel efficient, produces fewer emissions and is 30 per cent quieter than its predecessor thanks to the latest innovations in aircraft engine technology.
Cathay Pacific is the first Asia Pacific airline to take delivery of the 747-8 Freighters and currently operates three weekly freighter trips between Vancouver and Hong Kong, including cargo on the airline’s twice daily passenger service.
The new freighter will become the workhorse of the airline’s cargo operations to and from North America into destinations throughout China and Asia. With its increased volume, better fuel efficiency and reduced noise, Cathay Pacific’s new aircraft offers a welcome boost for trade between Vancouver and China.