Boeing announced on Monday that the cargo version of its newest 747, the 747-8, has been approved by both the FAA and European equivalent, the EASA, meaning the plane can now be delivered to launch customer Cargolux in the next few weeks.
The 747-8 cargo variant precedes the 747-8 Intercontinental, the customer version which is currently undergoing testing. The launch is a welcoming sign for Boeing, a company that has struggled to meet delivery deadlines with its planes over the past few years with the 747 and 787.
“This is an incredible day,” said Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager of the 747 program, after accepting the certificates at a private ceremony. “The people on the 747 program have worked long and hard and this has been a long journey and it really sort of culminates today when our airplane is finally certified.”
“Over the last several years, this team has overcome challenge after challenge. Through their hard work and dedication, they have ensured that the 747, the Queen of the Skies, will fly for decades to come,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.