Atlas Air Worldwide has purchased four 747-8 Freighters from Boeing.

    They will be the final four 747 aircraft to roll off the manufacturer’s production line in Everett, Washington, US.

    “The 747-8F is the best and most versatile widebody freighter in the market, and we are excited to bolster our fleet with the acquisition of these four aircraft,” said Atlas Air Worldwide’s president and chief executive officer John Dietrich.

    “This significant growth opportunity will enable us to capitalize on strong demand and deliver value for our existing and prospective customers. The efficiency and capability of the 747-8F further complements our longstanding focus on leading edge technology.

    “Dedicated freighters – like those operated by our Atlas, Polar and Southern subsidiaries – will continue to be in demand as the global airfreight market, particularly the e-commerce and express sectors, continues to grow.”

    Atlas Air has 53 747s in its current fleet, making it the largest 747 operator in the world.

    Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ president and chief executive officer Stan Deal commented: “The 747 will forever hold a special place in aviation history and we are honoured by Atlas Air’s longstanding commitment to the airplane.

    “Atlas Air began operations 28 years ago with a single 747 and it is fitting that they should receive the last 747 production airplanes, ensuring that the ‘Queen of the Skies’ plays a significant role in the global air cargo market for decades to come.

    “With the global air cargo fleet expected to grow by more than 60 per cent over the next 20 years, we look forward to delivering these airplanes and supporting Atlas Air’s Boeing fleet well into the future.”