29 MARCH 2010
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BOEING has announced that it is accelerating the production rates of both the 777 and 747 programmes, a real confidence boost, particularly for the 40-year-old Jumbo, revitalized as the 747-8. Whilst orders for the cargo variant of the rejuvenated aircraft remain with 76 confirmed, for a long time Lufthansa was the only customer ordering the passenger version. It has now been joined by Korean Air, a long time 747 stalwart. The first cargo 747-8 has flown, followed by two others, and all three are being used in the certification programme before being delivered to customer airlines. Cargolux of Luxembourg is expected to take delivery of the initial aircraft before the end of the year. www.boeing.com/commercial
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