Freight forwarder Kuehne+Nagel (K+N) has put its first Boeing 747-8 freighter into operation as part of its long-term charter agreement with Atlas Air.
The charter agreement with Atlas Air includes two 747-8 aircraft – the last of their type to be manufactured by Boeing, as HLPFI reported here.
Kim Smith, vice president and general manager of the Boeing 747/767 programme, said: “With Atlas Air taking delivery of the final 747s for its customer K+N, this iconic Boeing airplane will continue to move cargo around the world for decades to come.”
Named Inspire, the aircraft will soon be joined by the second 747-8, Empower, and will be utilised on trans-pacific routings. The service will also link to its intra-Asia network to provide customers with better connectivity within the growing region of Asia Pacific.
According to K+N, the 747-8 has lower fuel consumption, higher capacity and nose-loading capability.