Nippon Cargo Airlines-NCA (Tokyo-Narita) has taken delivery of its first new Boeing 747-8F Freighter, marking the Japanese debut for the 747-8F. The new airplane is NCA’s first 747-8F Freighter on order with Boeing.
The airline currently operates eight 747-400F Freighters with two 747-400F Freighters on lease with other airlines.
The environmentally focused Nippon Cargo Airlines will also undertake its first biofuel flight with this milestone 747-8F Freighter delivery. The new airplane will become the first 747-8F to use a blend of environmentally progressive biofuels (jet kerosene and used cooking oil) to fly across the Pacific Ocean.
Nippon Cargo Airlines, one of the launch customers for the 747-8F Freighter in 2005 and also part of a team that helped develop the aircraft, plans to begin revenue service with its new 747-8 Freighter by mid-August on Asia and North American routes.
The 747-8F Freighter will provide double-digit improvements in fuel burn, operating costs and lower emissions over the 747-400F Freighter. The 747-8F Freighter also provides 16 percent more revenue-generating cargo volume and boasts a significantly improved environmental performance. Per tonne-kilometer, its carbon dioxide emissions are 16 percent lower than those of the 747-400F Freighter. It also reduced its noise footprint by more than 30 percent.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. As previously reported, the pictured Boeing 747-8KZF JA13KZ (msn 36138) departing from Paine Field near Everett is also ushering in a new livery for Nippon Cargo.