Monday, March 18, 2013

Aviation milestone as Boeing 747-8 serves 100th airport (updated with photo special)

The Boeing 747-8 has served its 100th airport just 16 months after entering service
A special welcome for Cargolux's Boeing 747 in Hanoi
As regular visitors of this blog will know, Airbus hit a century with its A380 superjumbo a few days back, after the 100th model was handed over to Malaysia Airlines (click here for the full story and photo special).

Not to be outdone, Boeing has also celebrated its own century this week, when the US-based aircraft manufacturer’s 747-8 served its 100th airport, just 16 months after entering service. 

The airplane, a 747-8 Freighter operated by launch customer Cargolux, arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, from Kuwait on Sunday.

The photo on this image shows the freighter receiving a water canon salute on arrival at Noi Bai International Airport. 

UPDATE: I've added a photo gallery from the aircraft's arrival ceremony in Hanoi on my Facebook page - click here to view them.

"As the 747-8 launch customer, I want to congratulate the Boeing and Cargolux teams for their commitment and hard work that made this achievement possible," said Richard Forson, Cargolux interim president and chief executive officer. 

"We are proud to be the first airline to operate the 747-8F to the 100th airport worldwide that is able to accommodate this great aircraft on a commercial revenue flight. After all, it's a milestone for Boeing and Cargolux alike and a testament to the true pioneering spirit that has always characterized our two companies."

Cargolux took delivery of the first 747-8 Freighter in October 2011 and placed it directly into service to its home base in Luxembourg. 

Since then, the 747-8 fleet has supported revenue service operations at 100 airports on six continents and has been approved for more than 240 airports around the world. This is “significantly more than the airplane's main competitor” according to Boeing.

At the time of touching down on Noi Bai International Airport, Brazil remains the only country in Cargolux’s network that has not certified any of its airports for 747-8 operations.

The fleet has also been performing well in service, with a dispatch reliability of approximately 98.4 percent.

"The arrival of the airplane in Hanoi is just another testament to the capabilities and value the 747-8 is providing our customers," said Eric Lindblad, vice president and general manager, 747 Programme, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

To date 42 747-8s, including 29 freighters, eight Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) and five Intercontinentals have been delivered to a total of seven airline customers and several undisclosed BBJ customers.


  1. Bravo to Boeing, more happy landings to come.

  2. Anand UnnikrishnanMarch 20, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Great that B748 has captured the market.

  3. Truly, a remarkable aircraft. The fleet of 747's passenger and cargo till today remains majestic !

  4. Phillyairshow Aviation finance conferenceMarch 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Good news for Boeing, and a great read!

  5. I keep wondering when the 787 will get back into the air? Haven't they gotten that battery issue fixed yet? And Japan has so many orders for the plane. The ones they have now are grounded as well, and that's a lot of lost revenue!

  6. Moroof Gbadebo IbikunleApril 4, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    The 747-8 freighter is unique. When do we expect the pax type in the air?


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