Boeing and Atlas Air Worldwide today announced an agreement to purchase four 747-8 Freighters. The 747-8 airplanes in this agreement will be the final four aircraft to roll off the production line in Everett, Washington.

“The 747-8F is the best and most versatile widebody freighter in the market and we are excited to bolster our fleet with the acquisition of these four aircraft” said John W. Dietrich, Atlas Air Worldwide President and Chief Executive Officer.

“This significant growth opportunity will enable us to capitalize on strong demand and deliver value for our existing and prospective customers. The efficiency and capability of the 747-8F further complements our longstanding focus on leading edge technology. Dedicated freighters will continue to be in demand as the global airfreight market, particularly the e-commerce and express sectors, continues to grow.”

John W. Dietrich, Atlas Air Worldwide President and Chief Executive Officer

“The 747 will forever hold a special place in aviation history and we are honored by Atlas Air’s longstanding commitment to the airplane. Atlas Air began operations 28 years ago with a single 747 and it is fitting that they should receive the last 747 production airplanes, ensuring that the ‘Queen of the Skies’ plays a significant role in the global air cargo market for decades to come.”

Stan Deal, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Atlas Air has 53 747s in its current fleet, making it the largest 747 operator in the world.

The 747 program has produced 1,560 aircraft since launching the jumbo jet, more than 50 years ago. In July 2020, Boeing announced their decision to complete production of the 747-8 in 2022.