Narita-based Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) has received its first of 14 Boeing 747-8 Freighter, marking the aircraft's debut in Japan.
NCA senior executive managing director Takuzo Nomura said: "The 747-8 Freighter will provide improved economics and efficiency, as well as environmental benefits that are all essential in today's market."
The airline also has plans to conduct its first biofuel-powered flight across the Pacific Ocea,n with the new 747-8 Freighter using a blend of environmentally progressive biofuels, including jet kerosene and used cooking oil.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes Japan and Oceania sales vice president Brad McMullen said: "We will continue to work closely with Nippon Cargo as they integrate the new 747-8 Freighters into their all-Boeing fleet and help to strengthen their commitment as a market leader."
Being one of the launch customers for the 747-8 Freighter in 2005 and also part of the aircraft development team, NCA is planning to start revenue service with its first 747-8 on routes to Asia and North America by mid-August.
Expected to provide double-digit enhancements in fuel burn, operating costs and cut emissions against 747-400 Freighter, the 747-8 will offer 16% more revenue-generating cargo volume and enhanced environmental performance.
Boeing claims that the 747-8 Freighter offers a 30% reduced noise footprint and 16% less carbon dioxide emissions per tonne-kilometre when compared with the 747-400 Freighter.
With a maximum structural payload capacity of 154t, the 747-8 Freighter offers a range of 8,000nm (14,815km).
NCA's existing freighter fleet comprises eight 747-400s and two 747-400 Freighters currently on lease with other airlines.
Image: The size of 747-8 lowers risks for airlines operating in highly variable environments. Photo: courtesy of Boeing.