AMERICAS: Boeing begins parking jets off production line

At least four freighters so far have been parked – two at Paine Field outside Seattle and two in the Arizona desert – after rolling out of Boeing’s Everett production line as a result of the ongoing slump in cargo demand, according to a Seattle Times report. One of the white-painted freighters in Everett is […]


At least four freighters so far have been parked – two at Paine Field outside Seattle and two in the Arizona desert – after rolling out of Boeing’s Everett production line as a result of the ongoing slump in cargo demand, according to a Seattle Times report.

One of the white-painted freighters in Everett is a 777 freighter owned by Air France, while the second is a 747- 400ERF freighter ordered by LoadAir, a Kuwaiti airfreight company. A second LoadAir 747 freighter, the last 747-400 that will ever be built, rolled out of the Everett factory Thursday and will likely join its twin on the tarmac.

Two more freighters freshly painted in the livery of China Southern flew this week not to Asia, but to a jet parking lot in the Arizona desert.

“We have no white tails,” said Boeing spokesman Jim Proulx. “We have not built any airplanes that are not designated for delivery to customers,” he added saying the 747s for LoadAir are on target for delivery in September.

In February, Air France took delivery of the first of two 777 freighters, but the carrier has yet to decide whether to store the third 777, an Air France spokeswoman who asked not to be identified told Bloomberg.