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Panalpina Unveils New Boeing 747-8 at Huntsville Airport 

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Switzerland-based freight company Panalpina showed off the new Boeing 747-8 to its staff on Tuesday at the Huntsville International Airport, The Birmingham News reports.

The aircraft is 18.3 feet longer and 13 feet wider than the previous 747-4. It can carry 16 percent more, produces 12 percent better carbon footprint and makes 30 percent less noise, the paper says.

It is one of two recently leased 747-8s by Panalpina, which are operated by Atlas Air, but painted with the freight company's colors and logo.

Huntsville, Alabama is the only U.S. stop for the aircraft, as it visits a number of Panalpina hubs around the world, according to the Birmingham News.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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