Boeing has marked the 20th delivery of its new 747-8, on May 31, 2012.
The aircraft, a Boeing 747-8 Freighter, was delivered to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. Atlas Air will operate it on behalf of Panalpina, the Swiss-based logistics provider and supply-chain specialist.
This marks the first time in Panalpina’s history that an aircraft has been painted in the company’s livery.
The 747-8 Freighter will immediately enter service when it departs Seattle for Hong Kong on May 31. The aircraft, named the ‘Spirit of Panalpina’, will then fly from Hong Kong on to Luxembourg with cargo on board.
Atlas Air has ordered nine 747-8 Freighters, two of which it will operate for Panalpina.
The 747-8 Freighter offers 16 per cent more capacity than the Boeing 747-400F. It is environmentally more progressive, with double-digit-percentage improvements in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions and a noise footprint reduction of 30 per cent.
To date, Boeing has delivered 20 747-8s including 16 747-8 Freighters, three 747-8 Intercontinentals to VIP customers and one Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental to Lufthansa.
The Panalpina Group, which is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, is one of the world’s leading providers of supply-chain solutions and operates a global network with some 500 branches in more than 80 countries. In a further 80 countries, it cooperates closely with partner companies.
Panalpina employs approximately 15,500 people worldwide and through its Own Controlled Network division operates a virtual cargo airline which operates scheduled cargo services throughout six continents for Panalpina’s own cargo/logistics sales offices, using aircraft wet-leased and chartered from various carriers.
These aircraft regularly include Antonov An-124s and other Ukrainian- and Russian-built aircraft. As of April 2012, Panalpina had chartered the only flying An-225, the world’s largest fixed-wing aircraft, three times for transporting outsize cargoes.
Atlas Air Worldwide is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc. and Titan Aviation Leasing, and is the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. Atlas Air Worldwide also maintains a 49 per cent interest in Global Supply Systems Limited (GSS), a UK-based cargo carrier which operates 747 freighters.
Through Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo, Atlas Air Worldwide operates the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 747 Freighters.
Atlas Air, Titan Aviation Leasing and Polar Air Cargo offer a range of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services. These include ACMI service, in which customers receive an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance on a long-term basis; CMI service, for customers that provide their own aircraft; express network and scheduled air cargo service; military cargo and passenger charters; commercial cargo and passenger charters; and dry leasing of aircraft and engines.