Two B747-8Fs for Saudia
26 / 03 / 2013
SAUDI Airlines Cargo has added two B747-8F aircraft to its fleet, bringing the number of freighters operated by the Middle East carrier to 15.
“We are extremely excited to be taking delivery of our first two B747-8F aircraft,” says Mohammed Linjawi, vice-president of operations.
“Not only is this one of the best aircraft in the world in terms of airfreight performance, it can also accommodate 15 tonnes more than the B747-400 currently in use,” he adds.
Longer than the -400F by 5.6 metres, with a maximum structural payload capability of 140 tonnes, the latest B747-8F will be able to accommodate four additional main-deck pallets and three additional lower-hold pallets.
In addition to its increased capabilities, the aircraft also benefits from low fuel consumption, rendering it more cost effective than its predecessor.
The airline’s first B747-8F was delivered in March and is expected to be operational next month.
The second is scheduled to be delivered in mid-June of this year.
Both aircraft will serve the Asia-to-Europe market, thus fulfilling customer demand for greater capacity on these routes.