While Qantas has annointed the Airbus A380 as its flagship, the airline has its eye on buying more Boeing 747s – although these are special cargo versions designed to carry freight rather than frequent flyers.
The largely windowless 747F series shares the same body as the 747-200 and more modern 747-400 jets, with a nose section that swings up for the fast loading of pallets or cargo containers through the front of the plane as well as the side doors.
Boeing produced only 166 of the empty-bellied jumbo freighters before switching to a similarly cargo-friendly version of the new 747-8 jetliners.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Qantas is in negotiations to buy as many as four second-hand Boeing 747-400 freighters, the price of which "has tumbled over the past year due to high fuel prices."
Freight remains a key part of the mix for many large airlines, with Cathay Pacific this week ordering three new Boeing 747-8 Freighters in a deal worth $1 billion at list prices.
Cathay already runs eight Boeing 747-8 Freighters, which CEO John Slosar saying that "the 747-8 Freighter has provided our revamped cargo fleet with efficient fuel savings as well as added environmental benefits."
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