Beijing is the location of a new Boeing service center dedicated to providing product support for China’s growing commercial aviation industry. The new center consists of specialists in flight operations, spare parts and maintenance engineering dedicated to serving airlines in China.
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.
Boeing has finished initial airworthiness testing on the 747-8 Freighter, the company announced today. The milestone allows test engineers to fly aboard future flights and the remaining pair of test airplanes to begin flight test.
Boeing has awarded a nine-year contract to Atlas Air for the operation of the manufacturer’s four Dreamlifter cargo haulers starting “toward the latter part of 2010,” spelling the end of Evergreen International Airlines’ three-year stint flying the modified 747-400s. At that time Atlas Air will assume responsibility for delivering major 787 assemblies from suppliers around the world to Boeing production facilities in the U.S.
Boeing announced today that it has assembled the major sections of the first 747-8 Freighter this week, as mechanics at the factory in Everett, Wash., loaded the forward and aft fuselage sections to join with the wing and center section. Schedules call for first flight of the latest 747 by the end of the year.
Alpha Flying and sister company Atlas Aircraft Center are holding a grand opening celebration this afternoon for their new aviation complex at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, N.H. Due to space constraints, Alpha Flying moved in 2000 from Nashua (N.H.) Airport to Manchester (N.H.) Airport, taking with it the PlaneSense fractional aircraft program under its management.
Wall Street Journal aerospace editor Jeff Cole traveled to Colorado last January to interview one of the industry’s highest achievers, Michael Chowdry, founder and chairman of the world’s third largest air cargo operator, Atlas Air. Tragically, both men lost their lives when they crashed in Chowdry’s high-performance Aero Vodochody L-39 jet trainer.
The NTSB’s recently released factual report of the crash last year of a privately owned Aero Vodochody L-39 former military jet trainer that killed a Wall Street Journal reporter riding as a passenger and pilot Michael Chowdry, founder and CEO of cargo carrier Atlas Air, draws attention to the pilot’s skill, experience and attitude, as well as possible severe and sudden changes in the airplane’s handling characteristics when it lost the aft c