Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of its 10th 777F

Last week, Ethiopian Airlines announced on social media that it had taken delivery of its tenth 777F, MSN 65477, which was ferried from Boeing’s Paine Field (PAE) to Addis Ababa (ADD) [FAT 005028]. While Ethiopian’s cargo division has taken redelivery of at least two converted freighters so far this year, this is the first production […]

First 747-8F in Atlas Air Livery

Fresh from the flight line, it’s the first appearance of Atlas Air’s house livery on a 747-8F. The aircraft was delivered this morning, direct from Paine field to CVG (North Kentucky International). Atlas Air took delivery of its first 747-8F on May 29, 2012 and its second on July 24, but both of those aircraft […]

30 Years of Cargo Facts: The New 747-400F

This scene looks suspiciously similar to what the Paine field flight line looks like today – in late April, 2011 – but this is May of 1993, and the brand-new 747-400F is doing some ground testing here, in front of a slew of 747-400s bound for Asian airlines including Malaysian, ANA, China Airlines, EVA, and […]

More Photos from the 747-8i First Flight

Click on any of the photos to see them at full size. Unlike the last two first flight days, for the 787-8 and the 747-8f, today was bright and clear. The bright sunshine belies the temperature, however, which was only just above freezing. Hundreds of Boeing employees and media are parked on the burms between […]

Boeing 747-8 Intercontintental First In-flight Picture

And it’s airborne! Cargo Facts was on hand this morning to witness the first flight of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. Boeing’s two Canadair T33 chase planes (one seen here) swept in and after a very short takeoff roll, RC001 (msn: 38636) took to the skies. Up in the air as this is posted, the flight […]

Cathay Pacific Cargo 747-8F

Fresh from the cover of January’s issue of Cargo Facts is one of several Cathay Pacific Cargo 747-8f’s on the flight line at Paine Field (PAE). This was taken on a very cold and clear morning, and the shaded side of the aircraft is coated with a light touch of frost. In the background are […]

AirBridge’s first 747-8F

When we checked in at Paine field (PAE) back in September, we mentioned that the first 747-8f for Air Bridge had made it to the flight line but had not yet been painted. Now it’s in full colors – though like all the non-test 748fs it is still waiting for engines and completion. VQ-BGZ (msn: […]

747-8F Testing: RC503

747-8f testing continues apace. Seen here at the south end of Paine field is RC503 (test registration N5503S msn: 35807), the fourth test aircraft in the program and the only one in customer colors (in this case, Cargolux’s new livery). Several other 748f frames are painted and awaiting engines, but only this one is in […]
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