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 October 2019

 Aircraft  Orders  Deliveries  Unfilled
 Boeing 747 8i  47  47  –
 Boeing 747 8F  107  89  18
 Total Boeing 747 8F and 8I  154  136  18

 

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

Customer Name Eng First Order Orders Deliveries Unfilled First Delivery
Air China GE 6-Sep-12 7 7 27-Sep-14
Business Jet / VIP Customer(s) GE 30-May-06 8 8   28-Feb-12
Korean Air GE 7-Dec-09 10 10    
Lufthansa German Airlines GE 6-Dec-06 19 19   25-Apr-12
Unidentified Customers
GE 27-Dec-13 1  1    
USAF PAR Program
GE 31-Aug-17 2  2    
       Orders  Delivered Unfilled  
 Total Boeing 747-8i      47  47  –  
747-8I_(N6067E)_wide_angle
A Boeing 747-8i makes its approach for landing.

Boeing 747 8 Freighter Orders and Deliveries to end October 2019

Customer Name Eng First Order Orders Deliveries Unfilled First Delivery
AirBridgeCargo Airlines LLC GE 10-Oct-14 7 7   10-Oct-14
Atlas Air GE 11-Sep-06 10 10   2-Nov-11
Cargolux Airlines GE 15-Nov-05 14 14   12-Oct-11
Cathay Pacific Airways GE 8-Nov-07 14 14   31-Oct-11
Korean Air GE 28-Dec-06 7 7   6-Feb-12
Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd GE 15-Nov-05 8 8   25-Jul-12
Silk Way Airlines GE 5-Jul-13 5 5   22-Aug-14
Unidentified Customer(s) GE 27-Nov-12 4 4   23-Mar-13
UPS GE 27-Oct-16 28 14 14 28-Sep-17
Volga-Dnepr UK Ltd GE 30-Nov-06 10 6 4 26-Jan-12
       Orders  Delivered  Unfilled  
 Total Boeing 747-8f     107  89  18  

November 2019: Four orders were taken off Identified Customers and four were added to Volga-Dnepr. Not sure what that means.

March 2019: One more 747 8F delivered to UPS taking their total to 10 out of 28.

Feberuary 2019: This month saw one delivery made of the 747 8F to Volga-Dnepr UK Ltd. This is the final delivery to this operator completing their order of six aircraft.

 Cargolux the launch customer of the Boeing 747-8F received their first aircraft on 12 October 2011 at Everett. The aircraft then flew to Seattle and uplifted a cargo consignment and departed for Luxembourg the same day. Here we an example of the aircraft sporting a cutaway livery.
Cargolux the launch customer of the Boeing 747-8F received their first aircraft on 12 October 2011 at Everett. The aircraft then flew to Seattle and uplifted a cargo consignment and departed for Luxembourg the same day. Here we an example of the aircraft sporting a cutaway livery.

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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20 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. I didnt see the contract with the USAF on your site, is that contract now null-in-void?

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Hey there! I found this site just now, and wow, it’s awesome! But, the last photo in this post is a B747-400F in the old Cargolux livery, you can cleary see on the engines too that’s a 400F. All the Cargolux 8F’s are delivered in the new livery, the first was the LX-VCB btw. Please correct this! And I see there is an Incredible’s comment, wow, I respect him!

    • Hi András,
      thank you for your comment. We believe you may be right, how embarrassing! A new image has been added which is no doubt the 747-8F of Cargolux. Thank you for pointing this out.
      Cheers Peter

  6. Loved flying on 747-400. Was on an early KLM flight .Flew beautifully.Pilot came out and raved about how great it was to fly.Enjoyed being upstairs in business class,in two seating arrangements.Believe one had about 25 seats other about 45.
    Being up there made you feel as if you were not in a plane vs the many seats below.Continued success to Boeing and quick resolution to the 737 issue

    • Yes, we were just talking yesterday about how it would be great to fly the 747 one last time as they start to disappear from our skies. I know what you mean by the upstairs business class cabin. I did it on British Airways and it felt like flying on a larger private jet. I great experience.

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