Friday, November 13, 2009

Boeing Tows Out First of New 747 Freighters

New Workhorse for the Air Freight Fleet Soon to Begin Flight Tests
Shipping News Feature

USA – Boeing towed out the first of its 747-8 freighter’s on Thursday afternoon from its Everett factory. The aircraft shall now be painted, undergo flight testing and then be delivered to the inaugural customer, Luxembourg-based air freight operator Cargolux.

“It is very rewarding to see this airplane transition to the flight test phase,” said Mo Yahyavi, 747 program vice president and general manager. “Our employees, suppliers and customers have put a lot of work into making the 747-8 Freighter a reality.”

The 747-8 Freighter, which is considerably larger and more efficient than the company’s existing model the 747-400 F, promises to become one of the mainstays of the air cargo carriers fleets for several decades in the future with Boeing having already secured 78 orders for the 747-8F from a number of operators.

Boeing claims that the 747-8 will have 24 percent lower fuel burn per ton, 21 percent lower trip costs and 23 percent lower ton-mile costs than the Airbus A380F, which when it enters service promises to be the 747-8’s main rival.

(pic: © The Boeing Company)