An Eye Toward the Future
The 747 Freighter's future is as bright as its past is legendary. In November 2005, Boeing launched the next-generation 747, called the 747-8, with Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines. The 747-8 family includes the 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airplane and the 747-8 Freighter. Both offer airlines the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large passenger or freighter airplane.
The 747-8 Freighter is scheduled to enter service in 2009 with Cargolux Airlines. In the meantime, the 747-400 Freighter fills the market need for carrying high-capacity, long-range cargo.