The Boeing 747-8 has been approved for operations at 200 airports around the world – less than six months after entering service.
To date, 63 airports around the world are supporting revenue flights from 14 in-service 747-8 Freighters operated by five carriers. The approval shows the newest member of the 747 family can operate safely within an airport environment, accounting for regulatory requirements, clearances, pavement loading and parking requirements.
London Heathrow Airport is the 200th airport to receive regulatory approval for 747-8 operations. “No one knows the 747-8 better than the teams at Boeing. We put that knowledge to work by partnering with airlines, airports and regulators around the globe to ensure that our customers get the ultimate value out of their investment,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president, flight services, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services.
The 747-8′s increased wingspan over the 747-400 places the airplane in the lower end of International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) airport design code F. ICAO airport design codes categorise airplanes based on wingspan and outer main-gear wheel span. As part of its commitment to provide customers a competitive edge, Boeing is working with airports and civil aviation authorities worldwide to ensure that the proper plans are in place to accommodate safe operations.
“Boeing applied a true working together approach to create a fruitful and constructive environment to gain regulatory approvals for 747-8 operations,” said Sten Rossby, chief technical pilot of Cargolux. “Our business success depends on having a sizeable choice of destinations.”
By ASC Staff