Talk about a great way to end the week. The 747-8 Freighter continues the race toward first delivery with today’s news that it’s now certified for entry into service by both the FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency.
After logging more than 3,400 hours of flight testing, the airplane has received two certificates showing that it’s safe and reliable—and that our 747 production system is doing everything right to keep the airplane rolling out of the factory. With this certification, the program is in the final stages of preparing to deliver the first 747-8 Freighter to launch customer Cargolux early next month.
A 747-8 Freighter painted in Cargolux livery.
To show you just how proud our 747 team is of this accomplishment, I wanted to share a story from a colleague. Earlier this week, more than 100 Boeing employees representing just about every program and department at BCA (including the 747)— had the chance to ride on a test flight of a 747-8 Intercontinental (which I’m happy to say is on track to wrap up its own testing this fall). They got to interact with the pilots who’ve flown both the Freighter and Intercontinental, and to see how their hard work on the ground is paying off in the skies. And it wasn’t just the 747 employees who were beaming. Every Boeing employee on board, some who’d been on the waiting list to get on a test flight for years, realized it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity they won’t soon forget.
Boeing employees board a 747-8 Intercontinental test flight this week.
We’re making a lot of memories this year—with many more to come. Congratulations to the 747 team on another milestone.
The 747-8 Freighter over Mt. Rainier during its first flight, Feb. 8, 2010.