Fuselage assembly nearly complete on new Boeing freighter

07/22/2009 | AviationWeek.com

Boeing Co. workers in Everett, Wash., have begun joining three fuselage sections and the wing on the first 747-8 Freighter. The plane's tail section should be installed by the end of the week, and initial flight tests are scheduled for the fourth quarter. The new freighter will be the world's largest cargo plane, with 16% more capacity than current models based on the 747-400. Cargolux is the launch customer, and Boeing has 78 orders on its books.

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