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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Fri May 26, 2017 3:33 pm

A peeping picture of the tail of the first UPS 747-8F.
The picture was taken with the hangar doors open of building 40-22 (747 FAL).
In front, at slant position #1 a FEDEX 767-300F, L/N 1125, N148FE, for travelled work.
At the back,at slant position #2, the tail of UPS 747-8F, L/N 1542, N607UP is visible.

KPAE, May 25 2017
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Original uploaded by Chris Edwards, see : http://www.flickr.com/photos/woodysaero ... 517582430/

Aircraft data : L/N1542 - 747-8(3Q)F, RC608, AirBridgeCargo NTU, UPS, serial number 63784, N607UP, scheduled delivery October 2017.
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:07 pm

I've came across this photo below and after doing a little search i found out that B-2482 is grounded for over 2 months . 2 engines seem missing (one completely )

Anyone knows something about this bird . I couldn't find any incident . The 748 fleet at CCA has pretty low utilization as B-2479 hasn't flown since April (VIP frame)

Only 3 routes seem to have frequent 748 visits ( JFK - SFO - CKG)

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https://twitter.com/winglets747/status/ ... 7929167872
 
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:23 am

L/N 1542, N607UP for UPS rolled out the FAL at June 20 2017

KPAE, N607UP
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Aircraft data :: L/N1542 - 747-8(3Q)F, RC608, AirBridgeCargo NTU, UPS, unpainted with with white-brown rudders, serial number 63784, N607UP, roll out June 20 2017, scheduled delivery October 2017.

Just after the roll-out of L/N 1542, it was possible to observe the next UPS freighter (L/N 1543) at the FAL final body join position.

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Original uploaded by Chris Edwards, see : http://www.flickr.com/photos/woodysaero ... 629476403/

Aircraft data : L/N 1543 - 747-8(4A)F, RC531, UPS, serial number 64252, N605UP, delivery September 2017


After the roll-out of L/N 1542, L/N 1541 for AirBridgeCargo was towed into the FAL again for travelled work.

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Original uploaded by Chris Edwards, see : http://www.flickr.com/photos/woodysaero ... 309659581/

Aircraft Data : L/N 1541 - 747-8(3Q)F, RC607, serial number 63781, Intrepid Aviation/ Lsd. AirBridgeCargo, unpainted with white rudders, roll-out April 25 2017, back at the FAL for travelled work at June 20 2017, estimated delivery date : September 01 2017
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:06 am

Could the freighter version B747-8 be used as the basis of the new AF1? It's certainly big enough and I believe they keep cars and other large pieces. in the lower hold.The nose opening would make unloading somewhat easier I would have thought.
 
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:15 am

AFAIK only catering, medical supplies, spare parts, etc. are stowed in the lower cargo holds of both VC25A aircraft (current "Air Force One")

All additional heavy equipment (amoured cars, etc.) is ferried with C5A and/or C17 aircraft.

The extra volume of the 747-8I at the maindeck and the upperdeck will be needed for extra equipment and handling crew due the extra duties for the aircraft as a flying communication and command center, after the E4B's are gone.
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:38 am

L/N 1539, HL7644, the10th and last ordered KAL 747-8I made her first (B1) flight towards Moses Lake with callsign BOE60 at June 23 2017.

See : http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE6 ... /KPAE/KMWH

HL7644, KPAE, June 23 2017
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Original uploaded at Matt Cawby's twitter, see : http://twitter.com/mattcawby/status/878366020032905216

For ATC comm : http://t.co/hKwSAGvfUB

Aircraft data : L/N 1539 - 747-8(B5), RC060, serial number 60411, KAL (intercontinental) #10, HL7644, selcal code DJ-AG, unpainted with light blue rudders, roll-out date Feb 02 2017?, returned to slant position #2 FAL at April 25 for travelled work, second roll-out May 10, F/F June 23 2017,, estimated delivery July 2017 ?
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Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:49 am

Thx 747classic so the 'i' version it is!
 
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:40 am

747classic wrote:
L/N 1539, HL7644, the10th and last ordered KAL 747-8I made her first (B1) flight towards Moses Lake with callsign BOE60 at June 23 2017.

See : http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE6 ... /KPAE/KMWH

HL7644, KPAE, June 23 2017
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Original uploaded at Matt Cawby's twitter, see : http://twitter.com/mattcawby/status/878366020032905216

For ATC comm : http://t.co/hKwSAGvfUB

Aircraft data : L/N 1539 - 747-8(B5), RC060, serial number 60411, KAL (intercontinental) #10, HL7644, selcal code DJ-AG, unpainted with light blue rudders, roll-out date Feb 02 2017?, returned to slant position #2 FAL at April 25 for travelled work, second roll-out May 10, F/F June 23 2017,, estimated delivery July 2017 ?

Am I correct when saying this is the last build passenger 747-8 and therefore most likely the last ever passenger 747 build?
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:53 am

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Am I correct when saying this is the last build passenger 747-8 and therefore most likely the last ever passenger 747 build?


Outside of the 1 for KAL, http://active.boeing.com/commercial/ord ... iew+Report gives us 3 for TransAero placed in 2013 that aren't at all likely to be built and 1 unidentified that was ordered this year so presumably is still a good order. Presumably that's a VIP frame, but we'd classify that as a passenger plane too.
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:57 am

Iemand91 wrote:
747classic wrote:
L/N 1539, HL7644, the10th and last ordered KAL 747-8I made her first (B1) flight towards Moses Lake with callsign BOE60 at June 23 2017.

See : http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE6 ... /KPAE/KMWH

HL7644, KPAE, June 23 2017
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Original uploaded at Matt Cawby's twitter, see : http://twitter.com/mattcawby/status/878366020032905216

For ATC comm : http://t.co/hKwSAGvfUB

Aircraft data : L/N 1539 - 747-8(B5), RC060, serial number 60411, KAL (intercontinental) #10, HL7644, selcal code DJ-AG, unpainted with light blue rudders, roll-out date Feb 02 2017?, returned to slant position #2 FAL at April 25 for travelled work, second roll-out May 10, F/F June 23 2017,, estimated delivery July 2017 ?

Am I correct when saying this is the last build passenger 747-8 and therefore most likely the last ever passenger 747 build?


Yes you are correct. The end of an era, the last passenger 747 built for airline use.

Time to celebrate the success of the 747 rather than mourn the end of production.

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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:19 pm

Revelation wrote:
Iemand91 wrote:
Am I correct when saying this is the last build passenger 747-8 and therefore most likely the last ever passenger 747 build?


Outside of the 1 for KAL, http://active.boeing.com/commercial/ord ... iew+Report gives us 3 for TransAero placed in 2013 that aren't at all likely to be built and 1 unidentified that was ordered this year so presumably is still a good order. Presumably that's a VIP frame, but we'd classify that as a passenger plane too.

2 of the 3 Transaero ones are built but as I follow this somewhat follow this thread; no one knows what's going to happen with those 2.
And I know the BBJ planes are passenger planes to but as far as normal, commercial passenger 747 planes go; this is it...

Geoff1947 wrote:
Iemand91 wrote:
Am I correct when saying this is the last build passenger 747-8 and therefore most likely the last ever passenger 747 build?


Yes you are correct. The end of an era, the last passenger 747 built for airline use.

Time to celebrate the success of the 747 rather than mourn the end of production.

Geoff


Thanks for your reply.
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Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:40 pm

According to user CanadaFair on Arabian Aviation thread, "Qatar Amiri are to take ex- Abu Dabi 747-8 BBJ".
It's MSN 37501, which was indeed supposed to go to Presidential Flight Authority (new name of Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight) as A6-PFB, but was finally not taken up.

Link to the post: http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1348543&start=150#p19620917
 
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:47 pm

The USAF will still have some 747-8i off the line at some point
 
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:04 am

Revelation wrote:
Outside of the 1 for KAL, http://active.boeing.com/commercial/ord ... iew+Report gives us 3 for TransAero placed in 2013 that aren't at all likely to be built and 1 unidentified that was ordered this year so presumably is still a good order. Presumably that's a VIP frame, but we'd classify that as a passenger plane too.


Note that unidentified order is a BBJ that has already been built.
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Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:24 am

Anyone have any idea why just one of the four Transaero orders has been cancelled so far ?

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Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:00 am

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The end of an era, the last passenger 747 built for airline use.

Time to celebrate the success of the 747 rather than mourn the end of production.

Geoff


I agree. The 747 has been one of the biggest successes in aviation history. All good things come to an end eventually. The freighter will be built for some time to come, and we´ll be able to see the most graceful airliner around fly at least for another two decades, and likely three.
 
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Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:02 pm

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The extra volume of the 747-8I at the maindeck and the upperdeck will be needed for extra equipment and handling crew due the extra duties for the aircraft as a flying communication and command center, after the E4B's are gone.


Was this the plan?:

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/23/polit ... index.html
 
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Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:33 pm

L/N 1539, HL7644 was ferried to Portland for paint today (June 27), see:
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE6 ... /KPAE/KPDX
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Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:42 pm

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L/N 1539, HL7644 was ferried to Portland for paint today (June 27), see:
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE6 ... /KPAE/KPDX


Might well be the last pax 748I we see delivered from Everett in full livery.

The 2-3 AF1 frames will probably be delivered green
 
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Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:47 am

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L/N 1539, HL7644 was ferried to Portland for paint today (June 27), see:
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE6 ... /KPAE/KPDX


Hello,

This L/N 1539 (HL7644) was scheduled to be delivered on July 3, as you have kindly informed us before.
Though it seems it's going to be delayed, as the paint job has just begun.

I'd been planning to visit Everett next week...to see this happen, but now it looks I should better postpone my trip.

Do you have any idea when it will be flying back to KPAE, and when the 'new' delivery date would be??

Definitely any advices are welcome, since I need to reschedule my flight from Asia. Thank you.
 
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:24 am

ra63kix wrote:

Hello,

This L/N 1539 (HL7644) was scheduled to be delivered on July 3, as you have kindly informed us before.
Though it seems it's going to be delayed, as the paint job has just begun.

I'd been planning to visit Everett next week...to see this happen, but now it looks I should better postpone my trip.

Do you have any idea when it will be flying back to KPAE, and when the 'new' delivery date would be??

Definitely any advices are welcome, since I need to reschedule my flight from Asia. Thank you.


I have not seen any revised dates yet, but delivery at July 3 seems to be nearly impossible.

Seen the average time at Portland of the previous two KAL 747-8I aircraft (March 19 - April 3 and April 29 - May 10) and the following Independance day (July 4), the earliest delivery will be at week 2 of July. I will ask around for the exact delivery date, but as always this is "subject to change ".
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L/N 1542 update :

According the latest info the serial number and the internal still used Boeing customer code has been changed. The variable (block) number remains te same, see : https://tykesaeroblog.blogspot.nl/2017/ ... pdate.html

Aircraft data : L/N1542 - 747-8(4A)F, RC 608, serial number 64265 UPS ( former 747-8(3Q)F, RC608, serial number 63784, AirBridgeCargo NTU), unpainted with white-brown rudders, N607UP, roll-out date June 20 2017, delivery October 2017.

Note : the new serial number - 64265 - is the 14th number in the reserved UPS serial number block 64252 until/incl. 64265. So the third aircraft to be delivered in 2017 is already included in the order of 14 aircraft (and not an extra aircraft)
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:15 am

Long lead times etc.I believe that suppliers need quite a lot of forewarning on parts to be ordered.If this is the last 747-8i does it suggest the the USAF ones have already been ordered?
 
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Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:42 pm

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Long lead times etc.I believe that suppliers need quite a lot of forewarning on parts to be ordered.If this is the last 747-8i does it suggest the the USAF ones have already been ordered?


Any such order would have a Congressional Appropriations Bill attached to it and I can't find anything in the Congressional Register. As Boeing knows they're going to get the order, I could see them just ordering the parts and storing them. They could also just pull them from the spares inventory, if necessary (or just order a few more than they feel they need when they place their final spares orders with the suppliers).
 
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Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:47 pm

Yesterday morning (June 29th) an engine test run was performed at L/N 1437, N770BA

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Original uploaded by Jennifer Schuld's twitter, see : https://twitter.com/JenSchuld/status/880509859145306112

Aircraft data : L/N 1437 - 747-87UF, RC573, serial number 37564, (ordered and assembled to become Atlas Air #3, white livery with both rudders painted in Atlas livery, operator airplane number 852, aircraft NTU, re-registered N770BA at Jan 22-2013, selcal code DJ-KM, F/F April 15 2013, Used for (FAA)test flights (FMS software update verification flights?) from September 19 till/incl. November 21, Ferried to Boeing Field (KBFI) at November 22, Returned to KPAE at December 20. Emerged from the 45-05 paint hangar with a special “ Seattle Seahawks “livery at January 29 2014. The Seattle Seahawks logos are removed in May 2014. Ferried to Victorville (KVCV) at July 01 2014 for “engine work”. Returned to Paine Field at September 10 2014. Ferried to Marana (KMZJ) at November 12 2014 for long term storage. Ferried out of storage towards KPAE at February 07 2017. Rumours about a new customer : UPS , but a later produced airframe - L/N 1542, ABC NTU- has been selected by UPS, customer now internally listed as TBD.
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Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:40 pm

Seen the average time at Portland of the previous two KAL 747-8I aircraft (March 19 - April 3 and April 29 - May 10) and the following Independance day (July 4), the earliest delivery will be at week 2 of July. I will ask around for the exact delivery date, but as always this is "subject to change ".


Thanks so much for the reply to my question regarding the L/N 1539 (HL7644).

So, paint shop work takes at least 10 days at Portland.
And for the previous two KAL 747-8i as I checked, they spent more than a week at KPAE before delivery, during which they performed C2 flight etc. right?

If the same would apply to the L/N 1539 (HL7644), it will return to KPAE no sooner than July 6, and even after that it will be test-flying around KPAE the week later, before THE delivery flight to ICN- in my guess...?

I just wanted to see a 747PAX movement at Everett; doesn't necessarily have to be a delivery scene, but would be nice if I could witness it.
In any case, I appreciate your help again, and am going to postpone my schedule.
 
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Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:51 pm

ra63kix wrote:
Seen the average time at Portland of the previous two KAL 747-8I aircraft (March 19 - April 3 and April 29 - May 10) and the following Independance day (July 4), the earliest delivery will be at week 2 of July. I will ask around for the exact delivery date, but as always this is "subject to change ".


Thanks so much for the reply to my question regarding the L/N 1539 (HL7644).

So, paint shop work takes at least 10 days at Portland.
And for the previous two KAL 747-8i as I checked, they spent more than a week at KPAE before delivery, during which they performed C2 flight etc. right?

If the same would apply to the L/N 1539 (HL7644), it will return to KPAE no sooner than July 6, and even after that it will be test-flying around KPAE the week later, before THE delivery flight to ICN- in my guess...?

I just wanted to see a 747PAX movement at Everett; doesn't necessarily have to be a delivery scene, but would be nice if I could witness it.
In any case, I appreciate your help again, and am going to postpone my schedule.


Delivery at July 31st. The delivery flight is PAE-ICN.
 
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Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:22 am

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Delivery at July 31st. The delivery flight is PAE-ICN.


Oh my gosh. Is this info from an internal source...?

The previous two frames for Korean Air were delivered roughly on time (only some days of delay), so I actually hadn't expected this.

Life is such an adventure...

So, L/N 1539 (HL7644) is delayed about a month, and this probably means there will be several test flights during 2nd-4th weeks of July.

You a-netters really helped me a lot, thank you very much.
 
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Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:46 am

ra63kix wrote:
N837MH wrote:
Delivery at July 31st. The delivery flight is PAE-ICN.


Oh my gosh. Is this info from an internal source...?

The previous two frames for Korean Air were delivered roughly on time (only some days of delay), so I actually hadn't expected this.

Life is such an adventure...

So, L/N 1539 (HL7644) is delayed about a month, and this probably means there will be several test flights during 2nd-4th weeks of July.

You a-netters really helped me a lot, thank you very much.


It is fact. Also, It is an internal source.
 
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Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:03 am

A few recent (July 01) pictures of several 747-8's (some stored) at the Everett flight line.

LN1541 for Air Bridge Cargo (in the middle) rolled back out of factory (40-22) after travel work and is now parked in stall 204.

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Left : N974BA Boeing Business Jets Boeing 747-8Z5(BBJ) - C/N 37501 / LN 1495, according one source this aircaft has been recently purchased by the Qatar Amiri flight
Right : N1785B TBC Boeing 747-8F - C/N 63199 / LN 1535

The same scene, now with L/N 1437 "Seattle Seahawks" included (far right in the back)

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Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:39 am

Via @UPSAirlines on Twitter, the first revenue flights for each 748 in 2017.
"The aircraft will begin connecting global communities during peak 2017. Each 747-8 will replace the current 747-400 on these routes. As more 747-8s enter service, the 747-400s they're replacing will be moved into routes currently being flown by MD-11s, which will, in turn, be used to upside other routes. Each route on this map represents three flights per week. Tail N605UP is estimated to go into service Oct. 27. The route is SDF-ANC-ICN-HKG-ANC-SDF. Tail N607UP is estimated to go into service Nov. 13. The route is SDF-ANC-ICN-HKG-ANC-SDF. Tail N606UP is estimated to go into service Dec. 11. The route is SDF-ANC-HKG-TPE-ANC-SDF."
 
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:41 pm

I just noticed this and haven't seen this reported before...QR has ordered two B748Fs! When was this order confirmed?

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-qatar ... SKBN19R1JV
 
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Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:54 pm

audidudi wrote:
I just noticed this and haven't seen this reported before...QR has ordered two B748Fs! When was this order confirmed?

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-qatar ... SKBN19R1JV


It's been reported

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1351695&start=200#p19653327
 
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Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:43 pm

Global widebody freighter utilization is starting to rebound and yields are strengthening, as well, so we might be seeing some more 747-8F orders like Qatar Airways Cargo's recent order (to replace/suppliment the two 747-400SDFs currently leased from MyCargo Airlines).
 
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Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:30 pm

I know the pax 748's on on their way out of production,
but there may yet be life for the 748F's.

I hope so, I love seeing those beautiful bird at the airport :)
 
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Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:50 pm

Surely an order from Asiana Cargo for 748F's must come soon, they have several 744BCF's to replace. Kalitta I see as another possible buyer.
 
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Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:07 am

If the dedicated freighter market really does recover, I'd think there could be as many as 100 747-8F sales to be had within the next decade. Anyone who has high utilization on at least some 747-400F/ERF frames is a potential customer. During the downturn, there was plenty of spare 747-400F/BCF capacity; now, not so much.
 
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Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:47 am

seabosdca wrote:
If the dedicated freighter market really does recover, I'd think there could be as many as 100 747-8F sales to be had within the next decade. Anyone who has high utilization on at least some 747-400F/ERF frames is a potential customer. During the downturn, there was plenty of spare 747-400F/BCF capacity; now, not so much.


At 1 frame month, that's 8.5 years' production. The current 6 frame per year rate is not really an ideal long term production rate.
 
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:54 am

I probably missed something but is there still a chance to catch the KAL -8i?
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:49 am

speedbird52 wrote:
I probably missed something but is there still a chance to catch the KAL -8i?


The last 747-8I for KAL (L/N 1539, HL7644) is scheduled for the return flight Portland - Everett (Paine Field), after paint, today (July 7th)

See : https://twitter.com/mattcawby/status/883183946636304384
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:49 am

Whatr about China Airlines? As far as I know they have the biggest 747-400F fleet with 18 or 19 and there is no replacement order.
 
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:55 pm

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Whatr about China Airlines? As far as I know they have the biggest 747-400F fleet with 18 or 19 and there is no replacement order.

They have 18 in service and 3 stored. I'd love to be in the CEOs office when they decide what to do. Years ago they said they were burnt financially by buying new freighters. So they could keep some running for quite a few years. The youngest were delivered in 2006. But then again they've also said they dont want to keep planes too long after CI611 crash. They almost certainly wont need the same capacity with so many more widebody pax planes in the fleet. I think they will go 777F if anything. The nose door is nice for those occasional unusual loads but electronics, which is their main cargo, can be loaded any which way. Maybe a dozen 777Fs if B gives them a good price and with their 10 77Ws allows for a decent flight crew/mx capability without having an odd man out fleet of probably fewer than a dozen 747Fs of whatever type.
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:08 am

747classic wrote:
speedbird52 wrote:
I probably missed something but is there still a chance to catch the KAL -8i?


The last 747-8I for KAL (L/N 1539, HL7644) is scheduled for the return flight Portland - Everett (Paine Field), after paint, today (July 7th)

See : https://twitter.com/mattcawby/status/883183946636304384


This L/N 1539 did return to Everett on July 7th... (my initial plan was to be at KPAE until this date, and now I postponed my trip by two weeks.)

As was mentioned in the thread before, this aircraft will be delivered on July 31st,
so there will be another three weeks at Everett for this plane from now, which seems to be longer than the average time spent before delivery.

I wonder how many test flights are being scheduled during the coming three weeks...

It would be nice if anyone could notify us whenever this scheduled delivery date should be changed, just in case.
 
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:22 am

ra63kix wrote:

This L/N 1539 did return to Everett on July 7th... (my initial plan was to be at KPAE until this date, and now I postponed my trip by two weeks.)

As was mentioned in the thread before, this aircraft will be delivered on July 31st,
so there will be another three weeks at Everett for this plane from now, which seems to be longer than the average time spent before delivery.

I wonder how many test flights are being scheduled during the coming three weeks...

It would be nice if anyone could notify us whenever this scheduled delivery date should be changed, just in case.


L/N 1539 returned at July 7th (PDT) from Portland towards Everett, with callsign BOE60, see :
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE6 ... /KPDX/KPAE

KPAE, L/N 1539, HL7644, July 7th.
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:10 pm

LN 1539 emerging from paint at PDX:

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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:59 pm

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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:07 pm

Clearly UPS... What can brown do for you! :biggrin:
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:06 pm

I would expect someone saw the frame go into the paint hangar in the last 48 hours to get wrapped.

Can't be KAL's last 747-8 as that would have a blue tail. Could be ABC's latest bird, but it is not due for delivery until September. UPS' birds would have a brown tail and they are not due until September and October. The Seahawk's plane is there, but she has a blue tail.

Qatar Amiri Flight is rumored to have just bought a 747-8 VIP (L/N 1495) and that frame was all-white five days ago so it could be them, but why cover it in paper?
 
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:18 pm

Stitch wrote:
....Qatar Amiri Flight is rumored to have just bought a 747-8 VIP (L/N 1495) and that frame was all-white five days ago so it could be them, but why cover it in paper?


But wouldn't a 747-8 VIP not be a PAX version with the longer upper deck?
 
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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:19 pm

Stitch wrote:
I would expect someone saw the frame go into the paint hangar in the last 48 hours to get wrapped.

Can't be KAL's last 747-8 as that would have a blue tail. Could be ABC's latest bird, but it is not due for delivery until September. UPS' birds would have a brown tail and they are not due until September and October. The Seahawk's plane is there, but she has a blue tail.

Qatar Amiri Flight is rumored to have just bought a 747-8 VIP (L/N 1495) and that frame was all-white five days ago so it could be them, but why cover it in paper?

It has a short upper deck so it must be a 747-8F, so that eliminates 1495 and 1539.

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Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:19 pm

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I wish I could wrap Xmas presents as well as the Boeing folks wrap airplanes LOL

One question, is that brown paper waterproof?

Hope it doesn't rain before they tow that bird inside for whatever unveiling they have planned

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