Cathay Pacific Receives 747-8 Freighter

Boeing has delivered the first of ten 747-8 Freighters to Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways.  The airline is the second freight operator worldwide and the first in Asia Pacific to take delivery of the aircraft.
The carrier’s CEO John Slosar said:  “We are pleased to take delivery of this excellent new freighter, which will be a perfect addition to the Cathay Pacific cargo fleet.”
The airline currently operates six 747-700 Freighters, six 747-400ER Freighters and eight 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCFs).  The new 747-8 Freighters are expected to replace the latter.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ President and CEO Jim Albaugh commented:  “Cathay Pacific’s integration of this new freighter into its fleet strengthens its industry position and proves once again its commitment to being a market leader.”
Boeing claims that the new freighter will give Cathay Pacific double-digit improvements in fuel burn, operating costs and lower emissions over the 747-400 Freighter.  The 747-8 reportedly provides 16% more cargo volume and per seat-kilometre, its carbon dioxide emissions are 16% lower than those of the 747-400 Freighter.  Its noise footprint has also been reduced by over 30%.
A total of 75 747-8 Freighters have been ordered by eight customers.