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Shannon Airport welcomes one of the world’s largest commercial air freighters to Ireland for first time

20 December 2013

Cathay Pacific Cargo

Thursday, December 19th, 2013:  Shannon Airport has today welcomed the maiden flight to Ireland of one the world’s largest commercial air freighters as a Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-8Freighter (B747-8F) landed from Sydney, Australia - via Hong Kong and Dubai - this morning.  The B747-8F is a world cargo market leader, with its unmatched capacity and capability, as well as enhanced environmental performance.  The aircraft includes a high-lift, low-drag wing that enhances payload and range performance, a simplified flap system to reduce noise and maintenance costs, and what is described as the most advanced commercial aircraft engine available, the GEnx-2B.

Neil Pakey, CEO of Shannon Group plc said, "Being the first Irish airport to receive the very impressive B747-8F is another significant moment for Shannon Airport.  This aircraft is in keeping with the rapid pace of evolution in the aviation industry as it offers greater capacity, capability as well as environmental sustainability.  Shannon has been delighted to welcome Cathay Pacific on a number of occasions over the years.  It is one of the world’s largest passenger and cargo airlines and the arrival here today of the B747-8F is further proof of Shannon’s place on the global aviation map.” 

Andrew Roe, Cathay Pacific’s Cargo Manager for UK & Ireland said: “Cargo is a major part of our business which is carried on our fleet of 26 B747 Freighters and in the bellies of our passenger aircraft through our Hong Kong Hub to over 40 freighter and 85 passenger destinations. In addition, we operate cargo charter flights on a regular basis. Our product range offers customers an array of options from outsized and specialised freighter cargo to pharmaceutical and temperature controlled solutions".

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