Boeing has completed another milestone in the
assembly of its first 747-8 Freighter by joining the wing to the
Workers attached the 40-foot (12 m) fuselage
section to the center wing box in the final assembly bay at the
factory in Everett, Wash. The wing and center section are now
being prepared for final body join, when the assembly will be
connected to the forward and aft fuselage sections.
"We continue to gain momentum on the assembly of
the first 747-8 Freighter," said Mo Yahyavi, vice president and
general manager of the 747 Program. "The airplane is coming
together well and will be ready to fly later this year as planned.
This will be a great freighter, which will build on the 747
family's leadership in the cargo market."
The 747-8 Freighter is the new high-capacity 747
that will give cargo operators lower operating costs, while
providing enhanced environmental performance.
The 747-8 Freighter will offer 16% more revenue
cargo volume than the 747-400 Freighter. The airplane will carry
forward its predecessor's efficiency, with nearly equivalent trip
costs and 16%lower ton-mile costs than the 747-400 Freighter.
The 747 Program has secured 78 orders from
leading cargo operators for the new 747-8 Freighter. Cargolux,
Nippon Cargo Airlines, AirBridgeCargo Airlines, Atlas Air, Cathay
Pacific, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, Emirates SkyCargo, Guggenheim
and Korean Air all have placed orders for the airplane.
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