Boeing has changed its schedule for the 747-8
Freighter with first delivery now expected mid-2011.
support the new schedule, Boeing is adding a fifth airplane to the
The company previously indicated that, following
recent flight-test discoveries, there was a high probability the
first 747-8 Freighter delivery would move into 2011.
delivery schedule follows a thorough assessment of the expected
cumulative impact of these discoveries, which include a
low-frequency vibration in certain flight conditions and an
underperforming aileron actuator. While neither issue requires
structural changes to the airplane, they have led to disruptions
to certification testing, which the program was unable to offset
within the prior schedule.
"We understand the issues encountered in flight
test and are working through the solutions," said Pat Shanahan,
vice president and general manager, Airplane Programs, Boeing
Commercial Airplanes. "We recognize our customers are eager to add
the 747-8 Freighter to their fleets, and we understand and regret
any impact this schedule change may have on their plans to begin
service with the airplane. With that said, the 747-8 Freighter is
demonstrating the capabilities our customers need to be successful
and we are confident in the value it will bring them upon
certification and delivery next year."
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