Vought readies for first 747-8F fuselage delivery to Boeing

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Aerostructures supplier Vought says it is days away from completing shipment to Boeing of the first 747-8 Freighter.

The Dallas-based company said today in its quarterly earnings call that by 9 May it will have delivered its complete work package on the new jumbo to Everett, Washington for integration and final assembly.

Vought is responsible for fabrication of the aircraft's center and aft fuselage along with the floor grids and empennage.

This first shipset will eventually become the 1420th 747 built,

and will be delivered to Luxembourg's Cargolux airlines.

Boeing currently has four 747-8 Freighters in various stages of integration assembly in Everett

The airframer plans to build three 747-8F aircraft to support the flight test programme, which is set to begin in the fourth quarter. First delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2010.