Atlas Air took (04-Nov-2011) delivery of the first of nine B747-8Fs on 03-Nov-2011. The aircraft will be operated by Atlas Air subsidiary, Global Supply Systems, for British Airways World Cargo through a five-year wet-lease agreement. Three of the ordered aircraft will be deployed on routes to Asia, Africa, India and the US. [more - original PR]
Atlas Air takes delivery of first B747-8F for British Airways
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The data indicate that total worldwide deliveries fell in 2016, the first such decline for six years, as a result of delays to new aircraft programmes. Boeing delivered more aircraft than Airbus for the fifth straight year, but its deliveries fell short of its 2015 level, while Airbus increased its numbers year-on-year. Total deliveries will likely rise again in 2017, but this may prove to be a peak year.
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