波音公司747-8F的订单积压量降至19架

积压的19架747-8F订单中,有大部分在未来是要交付给UPS的,而UPS对波音公司仍有15架同型号飞机的定期订单。至于波音订单薄中的其他四架飞机,尽管被指定给“身份不明的客户”,但这些飞机很可能最终会成为伏尔加航空集团(Volga-Dnepr Group)旗下某航空运输公司机队中的一部分。去年,在范堡罗航空展(Farnborough Airshow)上,波音公司和伏尔加集团宣布双方敲定了五架747-8F飞机的订单。今年3月份,波音公司向航空资本集团(Aviation Capital Group)交付了订单(64787)中的一架飞机,后者随后将该飞机租赁给了空桥货运航空公司(AirbridgeCargo)公司 [FAT 004793]。 于是,747-8F的未来将何去何从呢?目前,该型号飞机的产量正以每月0.5架的速度增长。如果没有进一步的订单或生产率的变化,747-8F的订单积压量将在2022年底左右枯竭。早在2016年,波音公司就已经在正式的场合暗示了该项目的结束不可避免。该公司在宣布其2016年第二季度的营收结果时表示,“如果我们无法获得足够的订单和/或市场,又无法降低生产和其他方面的风险,我们将能预料到我们会承担额外的、也许是重大的损失,有鉴于此,我们完全有可能决定终止747的生产。”

Cathay Pacific retires lone 747-400BCF

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific has withdrawn its single remaining 747-400BCF (25152) and ferried the freighter to the aircraft boneyard at Pinal Airpark (MZJ) in Marana, AZ, via Anchorage (ANC) and Los Angeles (LAX) [FAT 005156]. The aircraft had not flown since operating a round trip between Hong Kong (HKG) and Chennai (MAA) on Aug. 29. […]

After latest UPS delivery, Boeing’s 747-8F order backlog slips into the teens

Following a delivery to UPS last week (64263) [FAT 005115], Boeing’s order backlog for the 747-8F now stands at just nineteen units. Of the nineteen-unit 747-8F backlog, most future deliveries will go to UPS, which still has fifteen of the type remaining on firm order with Boeing. As for the other four units in Boeing’s […]

Second Atlas 747-8F begins flying for Qantas

Atlas Air put a second 747-8F into ACMI service for Qantas Freight [FAT 004829]. The aircraft is unit 37566, one of the two 747-8Fs that we predicted would operate for the Australian carrier, joining unit 37561. Unit 37566 positioned to New York (JFK) from Miami (MIA) on Aug, 28 and today started flying to Sydney (SYD) […]

Atlas puts first 747-8F into service for Qantas Freight

Atlas Air has placed the first of two 747-8Fs into operations for Qantas Freight [FAT 004828]. The aircraft arrived at the carrier’s hub in Sydney (SYD) today. Unit 37561, which was delivered to Atlas in Nov. 2011, was ferried from Miami (MIA) to New York (JFK) on Aug. 25 prior to its entry into ACMI […]

Third NCA 747-400F arrives for maintenance before reentering CMI service with Atlas

The third and final 747-400F (36133) to be reactivated by Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) arrived in Taipei (TPE) at around 16:10 local time today, ahead of planned maintenance at the Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp. (EGAT) facility at the airport. The aircraft was ferried from Victorville (VCV), where it had been stored since November 2018, to […]

No 747-8F upgauge yet for Qantas Freight

Two Atlas Air 747-400Fs (29253 and 29254) that had been flying on an ACMI basis for Qantas Freight ceased operations on Sunday as part of a planned transition to larger 747-8Fs. Surprisingly, they have been replaced not by two 747-8Fs, but with another two Atlas 747-400Fs (30588 and 32840). According to a statement by Atlas […]
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