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Boeing 747 8 Orders and Deliveries

Boeing 747 8i Lufthansa

The Boeing 747-8 is a newer stretched version of the popular Boeing 747. However, like Airbus A380, it seems that, it has come at a time when the age of the giant twins has signed the death warrant of large 4 engine airliners.

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The Boeing 747 8 Intercontinental and Boeing 747-8 Freighter are the next progressions of the iconic Boeing 747 which has been Queen of the Skies now for nearly 40 years.  With all-new technology which has been gained from the development of the Boeing 777 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the 747 8 is presented in direct competition to the Airbus A380 “Super Jumbo”, as it has been dubbed.

Currently, sales for both the Boeing 747 8 and the Airbus A380 are a bit soft, particularly the 747 8i.  Where many airlines have been buying the Boeing 747 400 over the past years, some have selected this aircraft, not for its size necessarily, so much as the long-range ability that it offers.  Today, however, we see that twinjets such as the Airbus A330, Boeing 777, Boeing 787 and the new Airbus A350 have moved into the long-range niche.  Some of the longest routes in the world are now operated by varying versions of these twin jet airliners.

Technology today has progressed to the point that jet engines are far more dependable than their predecessors and long over-water flights are safe.  Something called ETOPS ( Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards) governs the ability for new aircraft models to be allowed to fly for extended periods over water.  This is granted to new aircraft models progressively as they prove their reliability.  For example, ETOPS-180 means that an aircraft can only go over the water to an extent where they can get to the nearest available suitable airfield flying on one engine in under 180 minutes.

…..long-range is no longer a sole attribute of the A380 and 747 alone…..

So the point here is to show that the advantage of long-range is no longer a sole attribute of the A380 and 747 alone, their only advantage now is the ability to carry many more passengers than the smaller twinjets.

The advantage for Boeing is that their Jumbo 747 8 is also sold as a cargo version, the 747 8 Freighter, so this may give them a wider market to appeal to.

Below are details of the first 747 8 orders as well as the current state of Orders and Deliveries:

Launch Customers for the Boeing 747 8 Intercontinental and

Boeing 747 8 Freighter.

The first Boeing 747 8 Freighter (8F) was handed over to Cargolux on 12 October 2011.
Lufthansa took delivery of their first Boeing 747 8 Intercontinental (8I) on 25 April 2012

Summary of Boeing 747 8 Orders as at the end of June 2020.

 Aircraft  Orders  Deliveries  Unfilled
 Boeing 747 8i  47  47  –
 Boeing 747 8F  106  91  15
 Total Boeing 747 8F and 8I  153  138  15


Boeing 747 8 Intercontinental orders and deliveries as at the end of June 2020.

Customer Name Eng First Order Orders Deliveries Unfilled First Delivery
Air China GE 6-Sep-12 7 7 27-Sep-14
Business Jet / VIP Customer(s) GE 30-May-06 8 8   28-Feb-12
Korean Air GE 7-Dec-09 10 10   25-Aug-15
Lufthansa German Airlines GE 6-Dec-06 19 19   25-Apr-12
Unidentified Customers
GE 27-Dec-13 1  1   10-Dec-17
USAF PAR Program
GE 31-Aug-17 2  2   31-Oct-17
       Orders  Delivered Unfilled  
 Total Boeing 747-8i      47  47  –  
A Boeing 747-8i makes its approach for landing.

Boeing 747 8 Freighter Orders and Deliveries to the end of June 2020.

Customer Name Eng First Order Orders Deliveries Unfilled First Delivery
AirBridgeCargo Airlines LLC GE 10-Oct-14 7 7   10-Oct-14
Atlas Air GE 11-Sep-06 10 10   2-Nov-11
Cargolux Airlines GE 15-Nov-05 14 14   12-Oct-11
Cathay Pacific Airways GE 8-Nov-07 14 14   31-Oct-11
Korean Air GE 28-Dec-06 7 7   6-Feb-12
Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd GE 15-Nov-05 8 8   25-Jul-12
Silk Way Airlines GE 5-Jul-13 5 5   22-Aug-14
Unidentified Customer(s) GE 27-Nov-12 4 4   23-Mar-13
UPS GE 27-Oct-16 28 16 12 28-Sep-17
Volga-Dnepr UK Ltd GE 30-Nov-06 9 6 3 26-Jan-12
       Orders  Delivered  Unfilled  
 Total Boeing 747-8F     106  91  15  

June 2020: Volga-Dnepr reduced their order by one aircraft whilst UPS was the only one to receive a new aircraft this month.

March 2020: No deliveries or fresh orders were processed in March. The unfilled orders for the 747-8F still stood at 17, 13 for UPS and 4 for Volga-Dnepr UK Ltd.

December 2019: UPS and Volga-Dnepr UK Ltd account for the 17 orders that are still outstanding for the Bowing 747-8F. 

March 2019: One more 747 8F delivered to UPS taking their total to 10 out of 28.

February 2019: This month saw one delivery made of the 747 8F to Volga-Dnepr UK Ltd. This is the final delivery to this operator completing their order of six aircraft.

Cargolux the launch customer of the Boeing 747-8F received their first aircraft on 12 October 2011 at Everett. The aircraft then flew to Seattle and uplifted a cargo consignment and departed for Luxembourg the same day. Here we an example of the aircraft sporting a cutaway livery.

If there is more you want to learn about this airliner, please visit: Boeing 747 8 Home, Boeing 747 8 Specs, Boeing 747 8 Order Book, Boeing 747 8 History, Boeing 747 8 Assembly and Boeing 747 8 Interior.

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