Boeing says 1st 747-8 delivered to Cargolux

AP News
Posted: Oct 12, 2011 3:55 PM
Boeing says 1st 747-8 delivered to Cargolux

Boeing has finally delivered its new 747-8 freighter after resolving a contract dispute with Cargolux.

The Luxembourg-based cargo hauler isn't wasting time before putting the plane to work. After being picked up in Everett, Wash., on Wednesday, the plane was slated to stop in Seattle to pick up cargo, Boeing said.

The first of the newly-revamped 747s was supposed to go to Cargolux last month. A contract dispute scuttled the delivery and embarrassed Boeing. Cargolux said Wednesday that the disagreement "related to the performance of the aircraft and the engines," and had been resolved.

Boeing Co. has been making 747s since 1969. This new version has a longer fuselage and can carry more weight, both significant changes.

The plane first flew in February 2010. It originally was to have been delivered about two years ago.

Boeing also plans a new version for passengers that is to go to its first airline customer next year.

Boeing shares rose 77 cents to $64.74 in afternoon trading.