Boeing Launches New 747-8 Program

Boeing today officially launched the Boeing 747-8 Program, including the 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airplane and the 747-8 Freighter, following the completion of a launch order from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airways (NCA).

Cargolux ordered 10 747-8 Freighters, with purchase rights for eight additional airplanes. NCA ordered eight 747-8 Freighters, with options for six additional airplanes. The first 747-8 Freighter is scheduled for delivery to Cargolux in the third quarter of 2009. NCA is scheduled to take delivery of its first 747-8 Freighter in the fourth quarter of 2009.

An artist's rendering of the Boeing 747-8 family is shown here in Boeing livery.