Yesterday, US airframer Boeing delivered the first 747-8F Freighter to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. The delivery is the first of nine 747-8Fs ordered by the cargo carrier. The aircraft is powered by General Electric’s GEnx-2B67 engines.
|Global Supply Systems Boeing 747-8F G-GSSD in British Airways World Cargo livery. Delivery flight.|
The aircraft painted in a British Airways World Cargo livery and registered G-GSSD will be operated on a five year “wet-lease” agreement by Global Supply Systems (GSS), a 49% subsidiary of Atlas Air. In a “wet-lease” arrangement the lessor provides everything — crew, maintenance, etc.
BA World Cargo has an an agreement with GSS for three such aircraft which will be deployed on long distance destinations in India, rest of Asia, Africa and the United States.
The new 747-8F Freighter is 250 feet, 2 inches (76.3 m) long, which is 18 feet and 4 inches (5.6 m) longer than its predecessor, the 747-400 Freighter which allows for four additional main-deck pallets and three additional lower-hold pallets.
Hat tip to Matt Cawby at SkyLine Photo for this video taken on 01-Nov-2011 (1-11-11)