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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Korean Airlines takes their 7th

Just in before the new year, Korean Air Cargo took their 7th 747-8F this afternoon. They've retired a few youger 744Fs recently to make room for the new bird, so it's a bittersweet delivery. Line 1528 RC661 HL7639 is on her way to Korea as we speak.

24 comments:

  1. LN1437 RC573 Atlas NTU will be ferried back to Paine Field today. That's pretty unexpected.
    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE573/history/20170206/2000Z/KMZJ/KPAE

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  2. Tra lala-lala..... lala-lala.....lala-lala..... Line Closure....lala-la..... ;)

    BTW is there a schedule for ABC's deliveries? The MOU (20 frames) is firmed and they've taken 7 frames so far but that leaves 13? frames stretched out? 13+UPS= 27 frames but the articles below says only 26 incl 4 UN frames. Is this correct??

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... up-433912/

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    1. Yeah, because the MoU units are only placed as they are needed, they don't show up currently and people don't count them. That's probably fair as the agreement is an MoU and ABC can probably defer schedule if they need. As it stands, they are scheduled to take 2 or 3 each year over the next 5 years or so I believe.

      In terms of the FG article, I think it's much ado about nothing. It's more about Triumph being under contract through 2019 and probably trying to get out of it or re-negotiate because the rate is so slow at the moment that they are losing money on each part delivered. As the article also states, Boeing had planned on bringing that work in-house, but then changed those plans for some reason. So they may be trying to get Triumph to extend or stay on as a supplier, and if that fails, they could probably bring it in-house still.

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  3. Can't comment much on the Triumph thing, but they have inherited that contract from somebody and are obligated to meet those. Sadly if the rates plummet again, this type of thing might happen more often with other suppliers.

    However the game is not over and There is a New Admin in the WH. There is some talk of an economic revival, amidst all the negatives but we've not gone down the road sufficiently enough to see if this political change has an impact on the program up to and including program shutdown. If there is a boom and there is de-regulation, we've been down that road before (jusd ask Rob Crandall) but if its a bust, that is dire. How this translates to more frames, is anybody's guess of course.

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  4. LN1437 will be delivered to UPS!
    https://twitter.com/woody2190/status/830209100701065217

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  5. Come on Turtleluv, update that spreadsheet, 1437 is finally getting a good home! Does anyone know anything about 1535, the now final white tailed 8F?

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    1. I think it is getting painted at the moment so we will soon see if it stays a white tail (all white livery) or if it will be delivered to a customer. My guess is ABC or UPS but maybe we will see another operater.

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    2. Sounds like classic747 thinks it will go to Atlas in an all white livery, leased from boeing capital...

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  6. Line 1519/RC076 flight to Victorville: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE77/history/20170222/1700Z/KPAE/KVCV

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  7. Good news, Line #1495 has been reallocated to Qatar Amiri Flight! Returns to KPAE on May 18th.

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    1. Ahh...that must be the recent order for the 747-8i that got booked. That makes some sense, as many were trying to figure out how a solitary frame made sense other than for a BBJ customer.

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    2. Do you have any additional information that you could share, plane guy?

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  8. In additional news, it looks like Atlas placed 2 747-8Fs with Cathay Pacific Cargo under ACMI agreements. Hopefully that's a sign of continuing cargo market upswing and it will result in more orders from either Atlas (who has 1 pending order) and maybe even CX.

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  9. Line#1535 is scheduled to be painted in Victorville on June 1st. Is this the Atlas frame?

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    1. It was reported to be an Atlas frame, but since that never got firmed, there is some speculation that it could be ABC's now. They may have moved up from 1542, thus allowing UPS to take 1542. Perhaps Atlas wasn't ready to firm yet, or they wanted to firm more than just 1. They were rumored to be looking at around 5 frames a bit over a year ago now I believe.

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  10. Scrub one NTU. Thats always good news.

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  11. The Seattle Times article is not news, its a rehash of yesteryears talk.

    http://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/boeing-admits-its-747-queen-of-the-skies-has-no-future-as-passenger-plane/

    They were talking like this even before the A380 was launched, which prompted them to put the 787 into the market.

    Nothing to see here.

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  12. QR to take 2 748f if not reported already.

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    1. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/57588-qatar-airways-cancels-a350s-orders-b747-8-freighters

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  13. Thank for the Link.

    Also Does Anybody have any idea about delivery for this order? MSN, LN No. etc etc??

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  14. About time!
    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-erases-transaero-747-8i-orders-from-backlog-439308/?yptr=yahoo

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  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAdksI2GIg4

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