Boeing 747 8 Orders and Deliveries

Boeing 747 8 Orders and Deliveries

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The Boeing 747 8 Intercontinental and Boeing 747-8 Freighter are the next progressions of the iconic Boeing 747 which has been Queen of the Skies now for nearly 40 years.  With all new technology which has been gained from the development of the Boeing 777 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the 747 8 is presented in direct competition to the Airbus A380 “Super Jumbo”, as it has been dubbed.

Currently, sales for both the Boeing 747 8 and the Airbus A380 are a bit soft, particularly the 747 8i.  Where many airlines have been buying the Boeing 747 400 over the past years, some have selected this aircraft, not for its size necessarily, so much as the long-range ability that it offers.  Today, however, we see that twinjets such as the Airbus A330, Boeing 777, Boeing 787 and the new Airbus A350 have moved into the long-range niche.  Some of the longest routes in the world are now operated by varying versions of these twin jet airliners.

Technology today has progressed to the point that jet engines are far more dependable than their predecessors and long over-water flights are safe.  Something called ETOPS ( Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards) governs the ability for new aircraft models to be allowed to fly for extended periods over water.  This is granted to new aircraft models progressively as they prove their reliability.  For example, ETOPS-180 means that an aircraft can only go over the water to an extent where they can get to the nearest available suitable airfield flying on one engine in under 180 minutes.

…..long range is no longer a sole attribute of the A380 and 747 alone…..

So the point here is to show that the advantage of long range is no longer a sole attribute of the A380 and 747 alone, their only advantage now is the ability to carry many more passengers than the smaller twinjets.

The advantage for Boeing is that their Jumbo 747 8 is also sold as a cargo version, the 747 8 Freighter, so this may give them a wider market to appeal to.

Below are details of the first 747 8 orders as well as the current state of Orders and Deliveries:

Launch Customers for the Boeing 747 8 Intercontinental and

Boeing 747 8 Freighter.

Cargolux first 747-8 delivery
The first Boeing 747 8 Freighter (8F) was handed over to Cargolux on 12 October 2011.

Lufthansa take delivery of their Boeing-747-8I Intercontinental
Lufthansa took delivery of their first Boeing 747 8 Intercontinental (8I) on 25 April 2012

Summary of Boeing 747 8 Orders as at end January 2019

 Aircraft Orders Deliveries Unfilled
 Boeing 747 8i 47 47 –
 Boeing 747 8F 107 83 24
 Total Boeing 747 8F and 8I 154 130 24

Boeing 747 8 Intercontinental orders and deliveries as at end January 2019.

Customer NameEngFirst OrderOrdersDeliveriesUnfilledFirst Delivery
Air ChinaGE6-Sep-127727-Sep-14
Business Jet / VIP Customer(s)GE30-May-068828-Feb-12
Korean AirGE7-Dec-091010 
Lufthansa German AirlinesGE6-Dec-06191925-Apr-12
Unidentified Customers
GE27-Dec-131 1 
USAF PAR Program
GE31-Aug-172 2
 Orders DeliveredUnfilled
 Total Boeing 747-8i   47 47  
A Boeing 747-8i makes its approach for landing.

Boeing 747 8 Freighter Orders and Deliveries to end January 2019

Customer NameEngFirst OrderOrdersDeliveriesUnfilledFirst Delivery
AirBridgeCargo Airlines LLCGE10-Oct-147710-Oct-14
Atlas AirGE11-Sep-0610102-Nov-11
Cargolux AirlinesGE15-Nov-05141412-Oct-11
Cathay Pacific AirwaysGE8-Nov-07141431-Oct-11
Korean AirGE28-Dec-06776-Feb-12
Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., LtdGE15-Nov-058825-Jul-12
Silk Way AirlinesGE5-Jul-135522-Aug-14
Unidentified Customer(s)GE27-Nov-1284423-Mar-13
Volga-Dnepr UK LtdGE30-Nov-0665126-Jan-12
 Orders Delivered Unfilled 
 Total Boeing 747-8f  107 83 24 
Cargolux prepares the Boeing 747 8f for its first commercial service. It was handed over to Cargolux on 12 October 2011 at Everett. The aircraft then flew to Seattle and uplifted a cargo consignment and departed for Luxembourg the same day.

If there is more you want to learn about this airliner, please visit: Boeing 747 8 Home, Boeing 747 8 Specs, Boeing 747 8 Order Book, Boeing 747 8 History, Boeing 747 8 Assembly and Boeing 747 8 Interior.

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13 thoughts on “Boeing 747 8 Orders and Deliveries”

  1. I cannot understand your order count. What is the total of 747’s on order, freighter nad passenger
    combined? My math says 112 as of today and not counting UPS options.

    • Hi John and thank you for stopping by. I truly appreciate your feedback and have taken your ideas onboard. You will find that I have now added the 747 8F to the order summary and provided a total of all 747 8s as far as orders, deliveries and airframe outstanding is concerned.
      Once again thank you for taking the time to comment.

      Regards Peter

    • Hopefully this helps, there are no more 747-8I’S on order ” passenger planes” do you follow?? There is a few unidentified customers ,meaning there aircraft are either BBJ Boeing Business Jets or through a leasing firm., and the 11 747-8F are for UPS… UPS also has committed to ordering another 14 747-8F that are not yet posted.. At this point there are a grand total of 150 747-8I / 747-8F that where ordered and out of that 124 where delivered 150 total orders including both of UPS ‘S orders….. hope this helps..

      • Hi Warren,

        You’re right, it seems the world has lost their appetite for the Jumbo airliner. This is becoming apparent to Airbus too as they struggle to find more buyers for the A380. Their launch of the A380 Plus is an attempt to sweeten the offering.
        The Boeing 747F freighter on the other hand is enjoying a slightly better journey. Yes UPS have added a further 14 747Fs to their order book as well as 4 767Fs. These will be reflected when confirmed by Boeing.

        Cheers Peter

  2. The first two 747-8F’s have been delivered to UPS. N605 is in service and N607 is in Louisville Kentucky undergoing its conformity checks. It will go in service in the next few weeks.

  3. I and my wife were “honored” to be part of the 747 Incredibles”. Seeing the first 747-100 being built was awe inspiring. I spent 33 years at Boeing, mostly at the Everett plant. I crawled through every nook and cranny of that great aircraft. We watched it progress from the -100, -200, worked on modified aircraft to a -300 configuration, -400. We modified many aircraft for airliners throughout the world from passenger aircraft to freighters,, rebuilt 747’s for NASA, 747-E4A & B for The U.S.Air Force, converted 747’s for the Imperial Iranian Air Force from 747 passenger to KC-747/Cargo aircraft, Executive 747 SP’s for Iranian Royalty, and many more modifications for airlines and executive requests, including Air Force One’s. She is on her final days I think but, who knows, the A380 can’t compare to the 747 so she may get a reprieve and remain in production for many more years but, one thing for sure, the 747 will, in my mind, always be “The Queen of the Skies”

    • Hi Bill,

      Thank you for stopping by and wow, 747 Incredibles.
      Yes the Queen of the Skies has had, and continues to have a very distinguished career. It is sad to see more and more of the 400s disappearing from our skies. Also it is sad to see the 747-8 not getting the take-up enjoyed by her ancestors. It seems to be a way of the future now that the skies are being taken over by the giant twins. Even the Airbus A380 seems to have hit a sales ceiling. With ETOPS conditions being met by so many of today’s twin-jets, the need for 4 engines is diminishing.

      Cheers Peter

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