Atlas Air places second 747-8F with Panalpina

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Panalpina's second Boeing 747-8F has entered service after being delivered to Atlas Air at Boeing's manufacturing plant in Everett, Washington yesterday (24 July).

The aircraft (MSN 37565) is painted in Panalpina's livery and will be operated under a wet lease agreement with Atlas Air.

Panalpina took delivery of its first Atlas Air-operated 747-8F (MSN 37570) at the end of May, having signed a two-aircraft deal to replace previous-generation 747-400Fs.

In November and December 2011, Atlas Air placed another three 747-8Fs with British Airways World Cargo.

The wet lease cargo specialist had previously trimmed its 747-8F orders from 12 to nine, after launch customer Cargolux refused to take delivery of the first 747-8F citing performance issues.

Boeing has since outlined hardware and systems improvements for the type, which it says will bring it "very close" to the brochure claims made at the start of the programme.

Atlas Air says the 747-8F offers 16% more capacity than the 747-400F, as well as offering double digit improvements in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.