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Boeing 747-8F N747EX RC501

Boeing completes 747-8F certification flight test campaign

When RC523 landed in the early morning Wednesday hours following a 17 hour maximum endurance flight, the arrival marked the completion of the aircraft’s functionality and reliability (F&R) trials and more importantly the final test of the jumbo freighter’s certification campaign. Earlier in the day, RC522 returned to Paine Field in the later afternoon having completed […]

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Photo of Note: With 17 hours to kill, why not write “747″ in the sky?

The fifth 747-8F is flying its max endurance ETOPS/F&R (extended operations not extended twin-engine operations) mission today, and the crew of RC523 appears to have taken some creative liberties with its flight plan over the western half of the United States. You may recognize the unmistakable shape of the numbers 747 covering the states west […]

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Boeing lowers 787 and 747-8 delivery guidance to 25-30

Boeing’s second-quarter earnings are out and the 787 and 747-8 2011 delivery guidance has been cut by 10 from 25-40 to 25-30 combined units. The airframer gave no initial indication of how the units would be split between the types, but if previous reporting and analyst estimates are accurate, it will be heavily weighted toward […]

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Flightglobal confirms Hong Kong as 747-8I buyer, to order A380

Just out: PARIS: HK Airlines orders 747-8I, to sign for A380sMax Kingsley-Jones, Paris (22Jun11, 08:24 GMT, 132 words) Hong Kong Airlines is the undisclosed customer that signed orders for 15 Boeing 747-8I passenger jets. The deal was announced by Boeing during the Paris air show as one of two orders from undisclosed clients. Although neither […]

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Sources: GECAS to become 747-8 customer

PARIS — Aircraft lessor GE Capital Aviation services is set to announce an order for Boeing 747-8 aircraft at the Paris air show Tuesday, several industry sources confirm. The order from GECAS is believed to be for two freighter aircraft, growing the backlog to 78 of the cargo variant. GECAS becomes the second leasing customer […]

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Order activity spikes at Paris: 747-8I, CSeries, A320neo, E-190, 777-300ER, 787-9, 737-800

PARIS — In the last 60 minutes, order activity at the show has exploded: Boeing earned a $5.4 billion order for 17 747-8Is from two unidentified customers, split 15 and two. This is the largest order at the show so far and the biggest for the program since Lufthansa launched the type in December 2006. […]

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Photo of Note: 747-8 Intercontinental poses with the Eiffel Tower

Boeing’s 747-8I touched down at the Paris Air Show at 9:36 AM local time on runway 25 at Le Bourget Airport under mostly cloudly skies that have served to put a chill in the air for day zero. RC001 landed under the command of Captain Steve Taylor, who as president of Boeing Business Jets took […]

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First Look: On-board the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental

The first 747-8I, RC001, painted in red, orange, white and gray livery, is enroute from Boeing Field to Le Bourget Airport, site of the 2011 Paris Air Show. The aircraft, Boeing’s largest, is set to touch down on French soil a few minutes after 9 AM local time, after which the assembled global media will […]

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Photo of Note: 747-8 Intercontinental from the top down

Photo Credit Boeing

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Its flight testing complete, lead 747-8F heads for refurbishment

Sixteen months after its first February 2010 first flight, the first 747-8F, RC501, has completed its Boeing testing responsibilities and ferried from San Bernardino, California to the company’s Global Service & Support facility at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas earlier today. RC501 will enter refurbishment along side RC503 and 787 ZA177 for […]

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