Lufthansa Cargo is taking delivery of its first Boeing 777 freighter today, after the handover was delayed due to rework on the aircraft.
The German freight operator had planned to take delivery of the aircraft (D-ALFA, MSN 41674) on 31 October, but this was pushed back after the carrier demanded changes to the twinjet's slat system.
Now, the aircraft is in "impeccable" condition, Lufthansa Cargo says, and is being ferried to Frankfurt today.
It will undergo some final configuration work at Lufthansa Technik's Frankfurt base for German certification and planned operations.
The aircraft's first scheduled flight, to New York, is planned for 19 November.
Lufthansa Cargo has ordered five firm 777Fs and holds five options for the type. The second aircraft is due to be delivered by year-end, with two to follow in 2014, and the fifth to join the fleet in 2015.
The first two aircraft will be used to replace the airline's MD-11Fs. However, the airline has yet to decide whether to use the remaining 777Fs as replacement or additional capacity.
Lufthansa Cargo needs to determine by September 2014 whether to convert the first option into a firm order.