Boeing 747-8F passed FAA and starts 747-8I assembly

A model of the 747-8F

Last June 14, the 747-8 freighter has received expanded type inspection authorization from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Boeing announced. It is a critical step toward certification that allows agency personnel to participate in test flights and collect the data needed.

The 747-8F “is performing well in the tests. We have demonstrated the airplane’s readiness to move onto the next stage in the flight-test program through tests at a variety of speeds, altitudes and configurations,” VP and GM-747 Program Mo Yahyavi stated.

The 747-8 first flew last February, and first delivery to launch customer Cargolux is scheduled for the fourth quarter. Boeing also said that it has started fuselage assembly of the first 747-8 Intercontinental, the passenger version slated for first delivery in late 2011.

It said the 747-8F flight-test program will comprise 3,700 hr. of total ground and air testing. According to Boeing, the stretch provides 16% more revenue cargo volume, translating to four additional main-deck and three more lower-hold pallets since it is GEnx-powered at 76.3 m.; is 5.6 m. longer than the 747-400 freighter; and is designed to be 17% more fuel efficient. Then, mechanics at the company’s Everett plant loaded panels for the 9.6-m. front section of the 747-8I into the assembly tool. The panels are part of the area of the fuselage “that houses the flight deck on the upper deck and the forward passenger cabin on the main deck, an area that most airlines typically configure with first class seating,” according to Boeing. It has 109 orders for the 747-8 including 33 for the 747-8I and 76 for the747-8F.

The Boeing 747-8F and 747-8I


One Response

  1. another nice modification of boeing.

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