Atlas Air Worldwide launched 30 years ago with a single 747. Today, the company is the largest operator of 747s in the world, with 53 of the iconic aircraft known as the “Queen of the Skies.”
Atlas marks its significant growth over thirty years and into the future with the expansion of its fleet with four new Boeing 747s-8 Freighters.
The plane’s 53-year history has been an illustrious one, filled with high-profile missions and assignments:
There’s good reason the 747 has been called upon for these important tasks and many more. As the first airplane ever to be described as a “jumbo jet,” it has a cargo capacity of more than 300,000 lbs. and a take-off weight of close to 1 million lbs., making it the largest commercially built cargo plane in the world.
It’s also the only aircraft equipped with a nose door, which lifts the front nose cone to allow for quick loading and off-loading of oversized cargo. This feature, along with its loaded long-haul capability of around 4,900 miles, is one of its most valuable features for Atlas’s cargo customers.
The unique nose door accounts for the 747’s signature hump, which houses the upper-deck cockpit and premium cabin seats.