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Atlas Air has Taken Delivery of the First of Two Boeing 747-8 Freighters Placed With Kuehne+Nagel

Atlas Air has taken delivery of the third of four new Boeing 747-8 Freighters ordered in January 2021, and the first of two 747-8Fs that Atlas Air will operate for Kuehne+Nagel under a long-term agreement.

The first of two 747-8Fs that Atlas Air will operate for Kuehne+Nagel – Courtesy Atlas Air

On Wednesday (November 23, 2022), Atlas Air, s subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, announced the delivery of the third of four Boeing 747-8 Freighters ordered in January 2021, and the first of two B747-8Fs to be operated on behalf of their customer Kuehne+Nagel under a long-term agreement. The carrier’s investment in these new aircraft underscores their ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship by offering a reduction in noise, fuel burn and emissions. With its state-of-the-art design and advanced engines, the B747-8F delivers a 16 percent reduction in fuel use and CO2 emissions per tonne and a 30 percent smaller noise footprint versus previous generation aircraft.

In Wednesday’s announcement, Atlas Air Worldwide’s President and Chief Executive Officer, John Dietrich, said,

“This 747-8F delivery underscores the importance of our long-term strategic partnership with Kuehne+Nagel and our commitment to support their continued growth and expansion. We are pleased to provide their first dedicated aircraft which will proudly fly in a custom Kuehne+Nagel livery. The two 747-8Fs we will operate for Kuehne+Nagel will add more capacity and versatility for their network.”

Also commenting on the new aircraft delivery, Kuehne+Nagel’s Management Board Member responsible for Air Logistics, Yngve Ruud, added,

“It is a very special moment for us to see Kuehne+Nagel 747-8F ‘Inspire’ taking off. Together with the very last 747-8F that we named ‘Empower’, these aircraft will support our customers with reliable and flexible solutions globally, continuing the legacy of the most incredible aviation programs in history. We are delighted to celebrate this with our partners Atlas Air and Boeing and looking forward to seeing our aircraft connecting the world.”

Boeing’s Vice President and General Manager of the Boeing 747/767 Programs, Kim Smith, added,

“With Atlas Air taking delivery of the final 747s for its customer Kuehne+Nagel, this iconic Boeing airplane will continue to move cargo around the world for decades to come. As we say goodbye to the ‘Queen of the Skies’, we’re proud of her legacy as an airplane that propelled aviation innovation and later laid the foundation of our family of freighters.

Left to right: Brad McMullen, Senior Vice President of Sales Boeing – Kim Smith, Vice President and General Manager of the Boeing 747/767 Program – John Dietrich, President & CEO, Atlas Air Worldwide – Michael Steen, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide – Yngve Ruud, Executive Vice President Air Logistics at Kuehne+Nagel – Omar Molina, Director of Global Transportation, Google Devices and Services – Courtesy Atlas Air Worldwide

The Kuehne+Nagel Group is one of the world’s leading logistics companies and has over 79,000 employees at 1,300 locations in mor than 100 countries. With clear focus on integrated logistics solutions, the company maintains a strong market position in sea logistics, air logistics, road logistics and contract logistics.

The 747-8F offers unique nose-loading capabilities – Courtesy Atlas Air Worldwide

Purchase, New York-based Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAWW) is a leading global provider of third-party aircraft and aviation operating services. Company subsidiaries include Atlas Air, Southern Air Holdings and Titan Aviation Holdings. Additionally, the company owns a majority stake in Polar Air Cargo Worldwide. Together, the Atlas Air family of companies operate the world’s largest Boeing 747 Freighter fleet. The company also offers their customers a wide selection of Boeing 747, 777, 767 and 737 aircraft for domestic, regional and international cargo and passenger operations.

Source: Atlas Air Worldwide

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