Boeing delivers last ever Boeing 747 to Atlas

Photo: Boeing/Paul Weatherman

Boeing is delivering its last ever B747 to cargo airline Atlas Air today.

The final airplane, a B747-8 freighter, is the 1,574th manufactured during 55 years of production.

Boeing said in a press release on January 24: “Thousands of people – including current and former employees as well as customers and suppliers – will celebrate the final delivery in the factory constructed to produce the iconic widebody with the distinctive hump.”

The airframer will present a live webcast of the ceremony.

In December, the B747-8F left the company’s widebody factory in advance of delivery to Atlas Air.

This final aircraft will be used by Kuehne+Nagel (K+N) as part of its dedicated freighter operations through a partnership with lessor Atlas Air.

In total, the freight forwarder will charter two brand-new B747-8Fs from the lessor.

K+N previously said the aircraft would be utilised on transpacific services and also linked to its intra-Asia network to provide better connectivity in the growing Asia Pacific region.

Atlas Air ordered four new B747-8Fs in 2021, the last 747-8 freighters ever to be produced by Boeing, and took delivery of the previous aircraft in the order in 2022.

Joe Sutter visits the DreamlifterK64104-04

Engineer Joe Sutter visits the B747-400LCF Dreamlifter. Copyright: Boeing

The B747 has played a key role in Boeing’s history of aerospace leadership.

Production of the B747, the world’s first twin-aisle passenger airplane, began in 1967 and spanned 54 years, during which a total of 1,574 passenger and freighter aircraft were built.

Boeing Everett Assembly plant in 1969

Boeing Everett Assembly plant in 1969. Copyright: Boeing

Boeing received a total of 78 orders across its commercial freighter line in 2022.

This included 45 orders for the B767-300F and current B777F.

The company also launched the B777-8F with more than 50 orders, including conversions.

Final Boeing 747 leaves Everett Factory

Kuehne+Nagel takes delivery of dedicated B747 freighter

A last hurrah for the B747 as Atlas orders four more freighters

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]