European cargo carrier Cargolux's first Boeing 747-8 commercial flight into the USA landed at Huntsville International airport (HSV) on 21 November.
The launch customer took delivery of the first two 747-8 freighters in October, after a month-long stand-off over a contractual dispute.
HSV received certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to accommodate the 747-8s, which are 18.3 feet longer and 13 feet wider in wingspan than the current 747 models, on its 10,000-foot and 12,600-foot runways.
Cargolux, an all 747 freighter operator, holds 13 747-8F aircraft on order.
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