While final preps are underway for Monday’s first delivery of the 747-8 Freighter to our launch customer Cargolux, there’s a bit of a party atmosphere around the Everett factory right now. Monday will be packed with a lot of pomp and circumstance as the Freighter flies away, but there’s also something very special planned during an employee event on Tuesday. A super top secret guest will be on hand to provide the entertainment to everyone at the Everett site. I won’t spoil the surprise—but let’s just say if you follow my taste in music, this guest is right up my alley. (Feel free to leave your guess as to who it might be in comments.)
Ready for business.
As for the delivery itself, Cargolux will waste no time putting their new Freighter into service. As soon as the airplane takes off from Paine Field in Everett on Monday, it will head straight for Sea-Tac Airport to pick up cargo. It’s more proof that this airplane is immediately ready to generate revenue for our customers and will be the leading freighter in the industry.
By the way, the accomplishments keep coming for the 747-8. We already knew this airplane makes less noise than its predecessor. Now, we’ve proved it doesn’t cause any greater wake in the sky either. Earlier this week, the 747-8 received its “heavy” designation separation from the International Civil Aviation Organization. That means the airplane can operate under the same separation distance as the 747-400 for approach, landing, departure, climb/descent and cruising. That means our customers can operate the 747-8 in the same markets and on the same routes as the 747-400 without any slowdowns.
The 747-8 Freighter during its first flight on Feb. 9, 2010.
Monday will indeed be reason to celebrate, and the party will keep rocking through Tuesday. Congratulations to our 747 team and Cargolux.