Atlas Air Worldwide and Boeing have announced an order for four Boeing 747-8 Freighters to be delivered in 2022. The new aircraft will allow Atlas Air to add additional capacity to meet the growing demand for e-commerce and express cargo.
The four aircraft will be the final ever 747s produced, marking an end to over 50 years of production for the Boeing 747. Over 1,560 747s have been built since the launch of the program. In 2020, Boeing announced that production of the 747 would cease in 2022.
In a statement Stan Deal, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes said
“The 747 will forever hold a special place in aviation history and we are honoured by Atlas Air’s longstanding commitment to the airplane.
Atlas Air began operations 28 years ago with a single 747 and it is fitting that they should receive the last 747 production airplanes, ensuring that the ‘Queen of the Skies’ plays a significant role in the global air cargo market for decades to come”
Atlas Air currently has 53 747s in its fleet, along with various other Boeing freighter aircraft.
John W. Dietrich, Atlas Air Worldwide President and Chief Executive Officer said
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,”
“This significant growth opportunity will enable us to capitalize on strong demand and deliver value for our existing and prospective customers. The efficiency and capability of the 747-8F further complements our longstanding focus on leading-edge technology. Dedicated freighters – like those operated by our Atlas, Polar and Southern subsidiaries – will continue to be in demand as the global airfreight market, particularly the e-commerce and express sectors, continues to grow.”