Boeing has announced that its 747-8 is now approved for operations at 200 airports around the world – less than six months after entering service. The manufacturer says that to date, 63 airports are supporting revenue flights from 14 in-service 747-8 Freighters operated by five carriers. Boeing says that the approval shows the newest member of the 747 family can operate safely within an airport environment, accounting for regulatory requirements, clearances, pavement loading and parking requirements.
The 747-8’s increased wingspan over the 747-400 places the aircraft in the lower end of International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) airport design code F. London’s Heathrow Airport is the 200th to receive regulatory approval for 747-8 operations.
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