AMERICAS: Boeing happy with 747-8F testing progress

Boeing 747 programme vice president and general manager Mo Yahyavi has said current testing on the 747-8F is proceeding well after completing initial air worthiness testing in mid-March. Yahyavi also acknowledged that a slight redesign of the landing gear door will be required to address aerodynamic issues when the gear is lowered and the flaps […]


Boeing 747 programme vice president and general manager Mo Yahyavi has said current testing on the 747-8F is proceeding well after completing initial air worthiness testing in mid-March. Yahyavi also acknowledged that a slight redesign of the landing gear door will be required to address aerodynamic issues when the gear is lowered and the flaps are fully deployed for landing. The 777 had a similar problem with its nose gear in 1994.

The test programme involves three aircraft with 1,600 hours of flight and 2,100 hours of ground testing. The first flight test aircraft with be delivered to Cargolux and the remaining two to Nippon Cargo Airlines after certification, when Boeing will have 15 747-8s completed.

The second aircraft for Cargolux was scheduled for painting in late March and a third will be completed on 14 April. The next two on the production line were purchased by lessor Guggenheim Aviation Partners and will bear the livery of Korean Air Cargo which has its own order for five, while Korean Air has ordered five 747-8Is. The first Intercontinental will begin production 24 May.