Flies faster, farther -- carries more
The standard 747-400 Freighter can carry 124 tons (113,000 kg) of cargo up to 4,450 nautical miles (8,240 km). About 110 747-400 Freighters are in service worldwide today, operated by the leading air cargo companies.
The 747-400ER Freighter, which entered service in October 2002, has a maximum takeoff weight of 910,000 pounds (412,770 kg). This takeoff weight increase over existing 747-400 Freighters allows the 747-400ER Freighter to fly an additional 525 nautical miles (972 km). Or, it can carry an additional 22,000 pounds (9,980 kg) of payload on long-range flights at maximum takeoff weight.
The 747-400ER Freighter incorporates strengthened fuselage, landing gear, and parts of its wing, along with new, larger tires.
The cross-section of 747 Freighters is optimized to carry the maximum amount of cargo with the minimum amount of container weight. The industry-standard 10-ft-high (3.1 m) pallets accommodated by all 747F large side cargo doors make efficient use of the airplane's volume capability.
Only 747 Freighters have both a large side cargo door and a nose cargo door. This unique combination provides operators with the flexibility to carry outsized (extremely tall or long), higher-yield cargo, and shortens loading time for all shipments.
Over 20 years, this flexibility and efficiency can mean at least $20 million in additional revenue and yield for an operator.
747 Freighters comprise three-fourths of the world's wide-body freighter fleet.
Seamless interlining of 747-400 pallets and containers at cargo hubs simplifies and streamlines ground operations. Compatibility with existing ground support equipment at the more than 130 cities already being served by 747 Freighters also reduces cost and variability in ground operations.
The existing fleet of 1,130 in-service 747s ensures that capable support is readily available worldwide, increasing operator flexibility and lowering maintenance costs.
Sharing common spares with the worldwide fleet of 688 747-400s makes obtaining spares more convenient and more affordable.