Fri, Mar 24, 2006
First Of Two 747-400Fs For MASkargo In 2006
Malaysia Airlines System's (MAS) cargo operation, MASkargo, took
delivery Monday of its first Boeing 747-400 Freighter. The airplane
departed Everett's Paine Field late Monday night, and is the first
of two 747-400Fs that MASkargo will receive this year.
"The Boeing 747-400 Freighter is the mainstay of the world's air
cargo fleet and will be a real boost to MASkargo's capabilities,"
said Paul Dubeck, director of Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"Asia is projected to experience air cargo traffic that exceeds the
world average over the next 20 years, and Malaysia Airlines will be
well-positioned to take advantage of that growth."
The global air cargo industry is one of the fastest growing
segments of the aviation market. Boeing's World Air Cargo Forecast
2004/2005 projects that the air cargo industry will grow at an
average annual rate of 6.2 percent, significantly higher than
projected passenger traffic rates. Cargo traffic growth rates in
excess of 7 percent are projected for Asian routes -- the largest
increases in the world over the next 20 years.
The 747-400 Freighter is the largest commercial cargo transport
currently in service, with the lowest ton-mile cost in the
industry. The aircraft can carry 124 tons (113,000 kg) of cargo up
to 4,450 nautical miles (8,240 km).
In all its versions, the worldwide fleet of 747 Freighters --
nearly 300 in all -- provides more than half the world's dedicated
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