Boeing delivers Atlas Air their first 747-8 Freighter meant for British Airways

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)

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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