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.
Jet Aviation has signed another BBJ2 cabin completion contract with an unidentified customer, even as the Basel, Switzerland-based center gears up to meet growing demand for single-aisle and twin-aisle airliner reconfigurations.
BedekAviation Group is strengthening its relationship with two Chinese companies to cater better for its growing freighter conversion business. The company is the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary of Israeli Aerospace Industries, and a sizeable slice of its revenues come from its passenger-to-freighter conversion line, which it says has grown in 2010 over 2009.
SR Technics, best known for its maintenance, repair and overhaul business of 80 years, is expanding into the private aviation cabin completion and refurbishment business.
Boeing’s latest iteration of the 747, the “Dash 8” Intercontinental, recently completed its first series of flight-testing at Moses Lake, Wash., according to company sources.
While at Moses Lake, the first of two 747-8I test aircraft–dubbed RC001–performed a variety of tests, including flutter and modal suppression. The testing conducted at Moses Lake constituted part of the normal flight-test plan, according to Boeing.
Japan Airlines exited bankruptcy today, after the Tokyo District Court found that JAL had repaid more than two thirds of the monetary claims listed in a reorganization plan.
Air China became the third airline to commit to the passenger version of the Boeing 747-8 since the launch of the program in 2005 with the signature of an “agreement” covering five 747-8 Intercontinentals. The agreement remains contingent on Chinese government approval, at which time Boeing will post the contract in its firm order book.
At Boeing’s colossal plant in Everett, Wash., the February 13 gathering of some 10,000 employees, government officials and customer, partner and supplier reps served not only as a chance to celebrate a long-overdue “unveiling” of the 747-8 Intercontinental, but as a reminder of a painful legacy left by top management a decade or more ago.