Following yesterday’s official ceremony, the 747-8F with the tail number N851GT took off from Paine Field in Everett (nearby Seattle) and flew to Huntsville, Alabama. In Huntsville, the aircraft named “Passion for Solutions” will immediately enter scheduled service within Panalpina’s unique own controlled air freight network. From Huntsville, the 747-8F will fly on to Luxembourg via Stansted in the UK with the first cargo on board.
In September 2011, Panalpina and Atlas Air, a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services, signed a wet-lease agreement for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters. They are replacing two previous generation 747-400 Freighters. The first aircraft was handed over to Panalpina end of May (see media release).
Panalpina is the only freight forwarder with an own controlled network besides regular air freight product offerings and global charter programs. The own controlled network acts as an in-house carrier to the whole Panalpina network. It has been designed to offer capacities and solutions in routings required by customers across various industries that cannot be covered by commercial carriers in the air freight market. Roughly 20% of Panalpina’s global air freight volumes are handled by the own controlled network. The remaining volumes are procured with commercial carriers.
See the video of the first Panalpina 747-8F being painted.
Photos of the Panalpina 747-8F can be downloaded here.
A fact sheet with a comparison of the 747-8F with the 747-400F can be downloaded here:
Atlas Air Worldwide (AAWW) is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc. (Atlas) and Titan Aviation Leasing (Titan), and is the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. (Polar). Atlas Air Worldwide also maintains a 49% interest in Global Supply Systems Limited (GSS). Through Atlas and Polar, AAWW operates the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 747 freighter aircraft. Atlas, Titan and Polar offer a range of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services that include ACMI service – in which customers receive an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance on a long-term basis; CMI service, for customers that provide their own aircraft; express network and scheduled air cargo service; military charters; commercial cargo charters; and dry leasing of aircraft and engines. AAWW’s press releases, SEC filings and other information may be accessed through the Company’s home page, www.atlasair.com.