747-8F at Brussels Airport

March 1, 2011
Last year the first plane of this new type of cargo jumbo rolled of the production line in the Everett factory near Seattle. The 747-8F is the successor of the venerable 747-400 and is to be the new working horse in the cargo industry. With a 140-metric ton payload and a 68.4-meter wing span, the plane is not only bigger but at the same time more fuel efficient, more eco-friendly and also quieter than its predecessors.  The first planes are currently going through an elaborate test program. The first commercial delivery of the cargo plane is expected by the end of the year. Cargo airlines Cathay Pacific Cargo and Korean Air Lines, both of which are regular guests at Brucargo, already announced their intention of using the plane on their Brussels route. Brussels Airport was among the first airports in Europe to be officially certified as a Boeing 747-8F compatible airport.

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