Kuehne+Nagel receives 1st Boeing 747-8 freighter Inspire

Delivery of the freighter part of charter agreement with Atlas Air

Kuehne+Nagel receives 1st Boeing 747-8 freighter Inspire

Kuehne+Nagel has put into operation its first Boeing 747-8 freighter as part of the long-term charter agreement with Atlas Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings.

"As the global market leader in air freight, Kuehne+Nagel expands its air freight network by chartering the entire capacity of the very last two 747-8F aircraft from their delivery by Boeing," says a release from Kuehne+Nagel.

During the official ceremony at the Boeing Everett Delivery Centre in Everett, WA, the Boeing 747-8F under the name Inspire was handed over to Kuehne+Nagel, the release added. "The most capable freighter aircraft in the world will support Kuehne+Nagel customers with highly reliable service, reduced transit times and minimise risks. In addition to the Transpacific routings, the new service will be linked with Kuehne+Nagel Intra-Asia network to provide customers with better connectivity within the growing region of Asia Pacific."

(Left to right): Brad McMullen, Senior Vice President, Sales, Boeing, Kim Smith, Vice President and General Manager, Boeing 747/767 Programme, John Dietrich, President & CEO, Atlas Air Worldwide, Michael Steen, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide, Yngve Ruud, Executive Vice President, Air Logistics, Kuehne+Nagel and Omar Molina, Director of Global Transportation, Google Devices and Services.

Yngve Ruud, Member of the Management Board, Kuehne+Nagel, responsible for Air Logistics, says: "It is a very special moment for us to see Kuehne+Nagel 747-8F Inspire taking off. Together with the very last 747-8F that we named Empower, the aircraft will support our customers with reliable and flexible solutions globally, continuing the legacy of the most incredible aviation programs in history. We are delighted to celebrate this day with our partners Atlas Air and Boeing and look forward to seeing our aircraft connecting the world."

John Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide adds: "This 747-8 delivery underscores the importance of our long-term strategic partnership with Kuehne+Nagel and our commitment to support their continued growth and expansion. We are very pleased to provide their first dedicated aircraft which will proudly fly in custom Kuehne+Nagel livery. The two 747-8Fs we will operate for Kuehne+Nagel will add more capacity and versatility for their network."

Kim Smith, Vice President and General Manager, Boeing 747/767 Programme says: "With Atlas Air taking delivery of the final 747s for its customer Kuehne+Nagel, this iconic Boeing airplane will continue to move cargo around the world for decades to come. As we say goodbye to the Queen of the Skies, we're proud of her legacy as an airplane that propelled aviation innovation and later laid the foundation for our family of freighters."

With its advanced design and engines, the 747-8F offers a 16 percent improvement in fuel use and CO2 emissions per tonne and a 30 percent smaller noise footprint compared to the previous generation of aircraft, the release added.

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