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747-8F certified for service entry

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 22, 2011
photo - Boeing

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have certified Boeing’s 747-8 Freighter, after the aircraft cleared the final two test requirements ahead of its expected service entry next month.

Having been granted an Amended Type Certificate (ATC) and an Amended Production Certificate (APC) from the FAA, as well as an ATC from EASA, the GEnx-2B-powered 747-8F is now cleared to enter service with launch customer Cargolux in early September.

“This is a day to express our profound thanks to everyone at Boeing and at our suppliers who played a part in designing, building and testing this airplane. It’s a day to thank our colleagues at the FAA and EASA for all of their hard work. And it’s a day to appreciate our customers for their commitment to the program,” Boeing 747 Program vice president and general manager 747 program Elizabeth Lund said on August 19.

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According to Boeing, the 747-8F has clocked more than 3400 hours during flight testing plus “many thousands more of ground, part, component, materials and other testing on the road to certification”.

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