Dubai Welcomes Boeing 747-8F

On the evening of Tuesday, October 18, 2011, Dubai International Airport, UAE, welcomed the first ever commercial flight of a next-generation Boeing 747-8F, which is being operated by the type’s launch customer Luxembourg-based Cargolux Airline.  
The new aircraft is 18ft 7in (5.7m) longer than the 747-400 freighter but its overall weight is reduced through the use of advanced composites which are designed to lower maintenance costs.  Cargolux Airlines has 13 Boeing 747-8 freighters on order.