Sydney, Australia - Qantas took delivery of the first of two Boeing 747-8 Freighters on order. Both planes will be operated by Atlas Air on behalf of the Australian flag carrier.
The first aircraft landed at Sydney International Airport today. The second aircraft is expected to arrive later this week.
The new Boeing 747-8 Freighters will replace two older 747-400 Freighters in the airline's fleet. These planes have also been operated by the American cargo carrier Atlas Air.
Compared to the 747-400F, the 747-8F offers a larger cargo capacity. The aircraft is also more fuel-efficient and quieter than its predecessor.
Qantas will deploy its new 747s on freight routes from Australia to China and the United States.
Qantas Freight recently announced that it had signed a new deal with Australia Post for domestic routes. From October 2020, three Airbus A321 jets converted from passenger into cargo aircraft will join the airline's freighter fleet as well.