The two new 747-8Fs are the first to be delivered to the Russian scheduled air cargo carrier under a memorandum of understanding for 20 747-8Fs signed between Boeing and Volga-Dnepr Group at the Paris Air Show in June.

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Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing to order 20 more 747-8 Freighters, in a deal which also adds the Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan very large freighter on a long-term basis to the logistics support chain for Boeing and its partners.

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Cargolux’s latest Boeing 747-8 Freighter delivery, the 30th new 747F delivered to the carrier, carries a special decal of the “Father of the Boeing 747”, Joe Sutter, the Boeing engineer who led the team that designed the Boeing 747.

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The order, which Boeing Commercial Airplanes values at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices, was first announced as an upcoming deal on January 8.

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Global logistics giant Panalpina and U.S. cargo airline Atlas Air are strengthening their long-standing partnership in the air cargo industry, with a new five-year agreement which envisages Panalpina expanding its “controlled” network of air cargo services.

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Azerbaijan-based cargo carrier Silk Way West Airlines and Boeing have announced that the two companies are finalizing terms and working toward a purchase agreement to be placed by Silk Way West for three Boeing 747-8 Freighters.

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The Baku, Azerbaijan-based carrier’s first Boeing 747-8F was delivered last week and the second aircraft was delivered on August 28.

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The order, which Boeing values at about $1 billion at current list prices, will bolster Cathay Pacific Airways’ fleets of Boeing 747-8 Freighters and Boeing 777-300ER widebodies to 14 and 53 aircraft, respectively.

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Silk Way Airlines, a cargo carrier based in Baku in Azerbaijan, has announced an order for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters. Boeing values the airline’s order for the two widebody freighters at $704 million at current list prices.

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The entire routing for Etihad Cargo’s round-the-world freighter service is Abu Dhabi-Hong Kong-Chicago-Miami-Viracopos-Quito-Amsterdam-Abu Dhabi. The routing is eastbound overall but features one westbound leg, Viracopos-Quito.

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Lufthansa, the launch customer of the Boeing 747-8 passenger version, took delivery of the milestone 747-8 almost a year after the first revenue flight of the 747-8 Intercontinental.

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The aircraft’s Performance Improvement Package includes improvements to its GEnx-2B engines and to the software for its flight management computers.

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Boeing’s new stretched 747 model reached the milestone when a Boeing 747-8 Freighter operated by launch customer Cargolux arrived at Hanoi’s Nội Bài International Airport in Vietnam from Kuwait on Sunday, March 17.

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Cathay Pacific Airways has ordered three more Boeing 747-8 Freighters. The order, which Boeing values at approximately $1 billion at list prices, also includes options for five Boeing 777 Freighters.

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Boeing achieved a net total of orders for 1,203 commercial aircraft in 2012, the second-largest annual number in the company’s history. The manufacturer also delivered 601 commercial jets, the most since 1999.

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It is the second Boeing 747-8 Freighter which the Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. subsidiary has put into service for Panalpina under a multi-year aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance contract, commonly known in the industry as a wet lease.

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The new aircraft is the first of 14 Boeing 747-8 Freighters which Tokyo Narita-based NCA has ordered from Boeing.

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The aircraft, a 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.

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AirBridgeCargo Airlines, part of the Volga-Dnepr Group, has taken delivery of the second of five new Boeing 747-8 Freighters.

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