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787 accounting block tops 1,100, Boeing drops 2011 delivery forecast

HONG KONG – Quick take: Boeing third quarter earnings are just out now and a quick glance puts deliveries of 747-8s and 787s between 15 and 20 down from 25 to 30, which was lowered in July from 25 to 40. Notably absent from today’s 787 service entry events was an explicit message by Boeing […]

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Second 787 and 747-8F deliver to ANA and Cargolux today; first United 787 rolls out, is delayed again

With yesterday’s delivery of the first 747-8F to Cargolux, the type’s launch customer has taken a second jumbo freighter today. RC504 is currently enroute to Luxembourg after departing Paine Field shortly before 1 PM PT.  Also taking place today, the second 787 has been delivered to All Nippon Airways and a flyaway to Japan is […]

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Low on margin, Boeing aims to deliver single 747-8I in 2011

LAS VEGAS — Citing change incorporation stemming from flight test, Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor says the first and only delivery of the 747-8I in 2011 will be “right at the end of the year”. “There’s not a lot of margin”, says Taylor of the 747-8I, which is expected to be certified late in […]

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Cargolux Boeing 747-8F LX-VCB RC502

Cargolux 747-8F delivery impasse ended, delivery on October 12

It took until the second question at today’s Qatar Airways 100th airplane delivery event for CEO Akbar Al-Baker to be asked about the contract dispute between Cargolux, of which Qatar is a 35% stakeholder, and General Electric that abruptly cancelled delivery of the cargo carrier’s first two 747-8Fs. Al-Baker declared the dispute between Cargolux, Boeing […]

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Cargolux 747-8F delivery looks likely to slip out of this week

SEATTLE — With a cancelled ceremony on Friday in Luxembourg and 787 delivery on Monday, it is looking “highly unlikely” that Boeing, Cargolux, GE and Qatar Airways will solve their contractual dispute over the first 747-8 freighters by week’s end. The issue is looking increasingly tied to the GEnx-powered 787s Qatar has on order, as […]

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From the Flight Archive: “The cost of broken promises”

SEATTLE — Had everything gone to plan, the first 747-8 freighter would be entering service right about now. In the brief period since Friday’s unprecedented decision by Cargolux to “reject” by the first two 747-8 freighters, much has been written (and speculated) about why the negotiations between the European cargo carrier and Boeing fell apart […]

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Cargolux Boeing 747-8F N5573S RC503

BREAKING: Cargolux has informed Boeing it will not take delivery of the 747-8F Monday (Update3)

Cargolux will not take 747-8F delivery over contract wrangle By Max Kingsley-Jones Cargolux has informed Boeing it will not take delivery of its first 747-8 freighter on Monday as planned, due to a contractual tussle, the airframer confirms. The Luxembourg-based freight operator is due to receive its first of 13 General Electric GEnx-powered 747-8Fs during […]

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A Tu-144 documentary, Lufthansa 747-8I and a programming note

As you’ve undoubtedly noticed, there has been a lack of content here since last week. That has not escaped my noticed as well. Professional and personal obligations have made it difficult to write regularly here, but regular content will return in earnest as I wrap up a set of features on 787 entry into service […]

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Beat Round-Up: Delta firms 100 737s, 787 and 747-8F delivery timelines, ANA EIS routes, GEnx-1B PIP1 cert, Charleston activation

Delta 737 Buy Goes Live Delta Air Lines confirmed its order for 100 737-900ER aircraft this morning, the largest single order for the extended range stretch of the single-aisle jet. As the airframer thinks about the geographical balance of its narrowbody backlog growth, it’s worth noting that of Boeing’s net 737 orders for 2011 (274), wholly […]

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Boeing 747-8F N747EX RC501

FAA and EASA clear 747-8F for early September first delivery (Update1)

Boeing announced this morning that the 747-8 freighter has been certified by both the US Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency, clearing the final hurdle before the first aircraft is turned over to Cargolux early in September. Here’s my full story on the certification. UPDATE 7:25 PM ET: It appears as though the […]

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