The Boeing 747-8 freighter has successfully completed its first flight.

The freighter, powered by GEnx-2B engines, has a range of 4,390nm and a payload capability of 140t.

The aircraft will provide 16% more revenue cargo volume compared with its predecessor, the 747-400F, which translates to an additional four main-deck pallets and three lower-hold pallets.

During the first flight, the airplane reached a cruising altitude of 17,000ft and a speed of 230kt, and was tested for basic handling qualities and engine performance.

Boeing launched the 747-8 freighter in 2005 and currently has 76 orders for the aircraft from airlines including Cargolux, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Dubai Aerospace and Korean Air.