Design of B747-8F half complete
Boeing has completed 50% of the design releases for the forthcoming 747-8 Freighter.
The design details have been sent to Boeing factories and its suppliers in order to commence the construction of parts, assemblies and tools for the new cargo aircraft. Originally launched in November 2005, the first 747-8F is scheduled for a late 2009 delivery to launch customers Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines.
"This design milestone is a tribute to efforts of the 747-8 team, our customers and suppliers," said Ross Bogue, vice president and general manager, 747 programme and Everett site.
"We are now focused on completing the remaining design work and delivering a 747-8 Freighter that increases the 747 family's leadership in the growing cargo market," he added.
Offering 16% more revenue cargo volume than its predecessor, the latest Boeing freighter will have a maximum structural payload capability of 154 tonnes and a range of more than 8185km. Powered by Genx engines, the 747-8F will be 17% more fuel efficient than the 747-400F and 30% quieter.
The 747-8 Freighter is also designed to complement the forthcoming 777 Freighter with the ability to transfer cargo directly between the two airplanes.
Boeing claims the aircraft has so far attracted strong market demand, securing a total of 78 orders from ten leading global cargo operators.
"The 747-8 Freighter builds upon the 747-400 Freighter's legendary efficiency. It will provide nearly equivalent trip costs and 16% lower tonne-mile costs than its predecessor," commented Bogue. "The 747-8F will deliver the lowest tonne-mile costs of any freighter, giving cargo operators unmatched profit potential."