Boeing slips 747-8 Freighter deliveries

September 30: Boeing has announced a delay in deliveries for the 747-8 Freighter, with the first delivery now expected in mid 2011.
Problems with low-frequency vibration under certain flight conditions and an underperforming aileron actuator during flight testing have led to the certification testing being delayed. “We understand the issues encountered in flight testing and are working through the solutions,” said Pat Shanahan, Vice President and general manager of Airplane Programs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We regret any impact this schedule change may have on [our customers] plans to begin service with the airplane.” The 747-8F Freighter should have originally entered service in the third quarter of 2009, the launch customers being Luxembourg-based CargoLux with ten firm orders and Japanese carrier Nippon Cargo Airlines with eight on order.
Boeing also announced it will add a fifth aircraft to the flight-test fleet.