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UPS takes off with brand new Boeing 747-8 ahead of peak shipping seasonSome major muscle is arriving in Louisville, right in the nick of time for peak season. UPS added two new jets to its fleet at Worldport last week. The Boeing 747-8 is the newer, bigger, and better version of the previous 747-400. UPS started purchasing the 747-8s in 2017, with the intention of buying 28 in total. Last week, number 20 was delivered and went into service. (www.wdrb.com) More...
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The unchallenged Queen of the skies. I really do hope that cargo shipping can continue having enough demand for the 747 to keep it in production for years to come.
The Queen for sure but production is all but finished.
They've been saying that for years now. If orders keep coming they will keep making them.
Proof once again that Airbus missed a huge opportunity not building a freighter version of the A380. The fact that this design still holds up in the 21st century is a testament to the vision of Joe Sutter, and his "Incredibles" team years ago. Keep on flying 747!
Sutter and Boeing designed the 747 from the outset to be a freighter. It was thought that SSTs would soon make it obsolete as a passenger plane.
It lost on the military airlift side to the Lockheed C5. We Air Force "Port Dawgs" use a lot of civilian aircraft to airlift cargo. Plenty of 747's, DC10's, 737's, DC8's and L100's back in my day.
A A380 freighter would be pointless, it would max out on weight well before filling up the volume, gotta remember passengers don't weigh very much.