The FAA has issued Boeing certification for the 747-8 Intercontinental, the company’s newest and largest passenger airplane, clearing the way for first delivery to launch customer Lufthansa “early next year,” the company announced this afternoon.
Boeing and Lufthansa on December 6 plan to begin pre-delivery testing of the first 747-8 Intercontinental at the airline’s main operations base at Frankfurt Airport. Scheduled to last until December 9, the testing will help ensure a smooth integration of the newest 747 into Lufthansa’s operations, according to Boeing.
Emirates SkyCargo set a company record this past summer when it carried 52.87 metric tons of freight in the belly hold of one of its Boeing 777-300ERs on a flight from Karachi to Dubai. Indeed, the load, consisting mainly of dense perishable meat products and vegetable produce, marked a significant achievement for Emirates during a period of sagging fortunes in the air cargo business.
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.
Atlas Air has cancelled delivery of three “early build” Boeing 747-8 Freighters, lowering the total number of the airplanes covered under its firm order to nine. The company placed the original order for 12 airplanes in September 2006, but chose to exercise its termination rights on the first three, apparently due to Boeing’s failure to meet performance guarantees.
“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.
L-3 Platform Integration has won a contract to outfit the cabin of a 747-8i for an unidentified customer who has been a client for 20 years.
The interior finish work and exterior paint will be performed at L-3’s VIP and head-of-state completion center in Waco, Texas.