AMERICAS: Boeing’s 747-8F slips into 787 delay groove

Cargolux, the launch customer for Boeing’s B747-8 freighter will likely not see its new freighter until 2011 because of unexpected problems arising during the test flight phase. In late August news began to spread that there was a serious and significant in-flight vibration problem and until a solution could be found certification of the aircraft […]


Cargolux, the launch customer for Boeing’s B747-8 freighter will likely not see its new freighter until 2011 because of unexpected problems arising during the test flight phase. In late August news began to spread that there was a serious and significant in-flight vibration problem and until a solution could be found certification of the aircraft could not proceed. Boeing has subsequently confirmed that there is an ongoing problem with the aircraft, stating that "flight test continues to be impacted by two flight test discoveries: A structural vibration within the flight envelope and an under performing actuator for the inboard aileron. Actions are in work to resolve both issues prior to entry into service".