Boeing's 747-8F programme inches forward

First set of wings for delayed type are completed.
The completed B747-8F wings at Boeing's factory in Everett.
The completed B747-8F wings at Boeing's factory in Everett.

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Boeing has completed the major assembly on the first set of wings for the 747-8 Freighter. The 41.2-metre wings incorporate the latest aerodynamic technologies to fly further and more efficiently, the manufacturer has indicated.

"The Boeing 747-8 Freighter and Intercontinental are the new high-capacity 747s that offer airlines the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large passenger or freighter airplane, while providing enhanced environmental performance," said a Boeing press release.

The company has had difficulties with its 747-8 programme, which has operated at a loss, and last year said deliveries of the type would be delayed further.

Some analysts have claimed that Boeing may opt to ditch the 787-8 passenger jet, which has seen limited interest, and run the 747-8F programme by itself.

Emirates has 10 747-8Fs on order, while DAE Capital has requested five of the type, to be delivered from 2017 onwards.

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