Boeing converted a tentative order for five 747-8 Intercontinentals from Air China to firm status on its Orders and Deliveries web site today, marking the end of a roughly year-and-a-half-long wait for Chinese government approval.
When Boeing 747-8F launch customer Cargolux postponed delivery of its first two airplanes in September, pundits almost immediately began tossing about theories that Qatar Airways boss and Cargolux director Akbar al Baker was behind the sudden move for various ulterior motives.
The 747-8 Intercontinental finished its certification test flying today with a function-and-reliability flight back to Washington’s Puget Sound area from Barbados via Houston to clear customs, Boeing confirmed this afternoon. The flight marked the end of an eight-month certification program for the passenger version of Boeing’s latest jumbo jet, first delivery of which the company now expects during the first quarter of next year.
Cargolux took delivery of the first Boeing 747-8 Freighter today following the resolution of contractual “issues” that led to the cancellation of handover ceremonies originally planned for September 19 and 21 in Everett, Wash.
Cargolux announced over the weekend that it reached a tentative agreement with Boeing over contractual “issues” with respect of the delivery of the first two Boeing 747-8 Freighters initially scheduled for September 19 and 21. The company said it would disclose further details after the signing of the accord and a meeting of its board of directors on October 7.
“Unresolved contractual issues” have forced Boeing to delay or possibly cancel delivery of the first two 747-8 Freighters to Cargolux, originally scheduled for today and Wednesday.
Boeing announced today that it will deliver the first 747-8 Freighter to launch customer Cargolux on September 19 at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Cargolux plans to take delivery of its second airplane on September 21. The carrier has ordered a total of 13 of the new airplanes.
Boeing received FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for the new 747-8F Freighter on August 19. Certification of the 747-8F paves the way for first delivery to launch customer Cargolux early next month.
The Boeing 747-8F Freighter gained FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification last Friday, paving the way for first delivery to launch customer Cargolux early next month. “Over the last several years, this team has overcome challenge after challenge,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Boeing received FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification today for the new 747-8F Freighter. The FAA granted Boeing an Amended Type Certificate (ATC) and an Amended Production Certificate, while the EASA also granted the company an ATC for the airplane. Certification of the 747-8F paves the way for first delivery to launch customer Cargolux early next month.
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