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Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Delivery approaches!

It's been a bit slow on the 747-8 news front this past week or so, but yesterday, line 1461 (RC506) LX-VCF for Cargolux had a short delivery flight to Seattle, where it was loaded with cargo (I'm assuming) and flown to Luxembourg.

The word on the street is saying line 1434, the original 747-8I test frame, is about to enter the paint hanger and will imminently be delivered as a Boeing Business Jet, which will probably entail months of work installing fancy accommodations before finally landing in the lap of its owners in Kuwait.

Other than that, there have been no recent B1 flights, so activity remains slow it seems. I suppose the 787 line is getting all the attention, as it's been hopping lately.

One bit of concerning news regards an engine failure on an in service 747-8F. One of AirBridgeCargo's planes suffered an event with its GE engine on the runway, and is under investigation. It was apparently similar to a recent 787 GE engine blowout that occurred in Charleston during pre-delivery test.

One more bit of news, this time good. Air China firmed up their order for 5 new 747-8I airframes, bringing the total number of 747-8I firm orders to 41, and the total number of 747-8 firm orders to 111. The more 747-8 orders, the merrier!

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