Qatar Cargo, the freighter carrier of Qatar Airways, recently tested a Boeing 747-8F at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The Boeing 747-8F is the manufacturer’s freight variant of the 747-8, a later version of the 747-4 which once carried over 50% of the world’s cargo.

The aircraft made its first flight as a painted aircraft from Portland to Everett. (Photo: / Russell Hill)

The Boeing 747-8 and its freighter variant are the longest aircraft in the world, surpassing the Airbus A340-600 by just over 3 feet. It is also the heaviest aircraft manufactured in the United States, with a maximum takeoff weight of about 975,000lbs, or 442,000kg. Like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the 747-8 is powered by General Electric GEnx engines.

The GEnx engine is the most efficient in the skies. (Photo: airlinereporter)

Currently, Qatar Cargo flies to over 60 cities worldwide, including seven in the United States (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York). Of the carrier’s sizable fleet, twelve of the aircraft are Boeing 777F, with four order placements. The 747’s coming online will be registered A7-BGB and BGC, respectively.

Qatar Cargo currently operates 12 777F aircraft. (Photo: Christian Junker / Flickr)

Qatar Cargo has two 747-8F’s on order, which are due to fly some high-volume routes between Doha and Hong Kong; Milan and Doha; and Los Angeles and Liege. Of course, the freighter fleet follows no precise schedule, so make sure to check whenever there is a large event going on in your city, maybe one will be flying to an airport near you!

Featured photo from Chris Edwards / Twitter.

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