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UPS Announces Order for 14 Boeing 747-8 Freighters

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In positive news for the challenged 747-8F program, UPS has announced today an order for 14 Boeing 747-8 freighters. The agreement also includes purchasing options for 14 additional aircraft. (airwaysmag.com) Altro...

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zigzag77
That is wonderful news.
damavab
Congratulations UPS wise choice.
xairbusdriver
Jim Smirh 3
They also have options for another 14. Makes sense since they already have many '47's in their fleet. I think FedEx sold all the Tiger '47's (along with the DC-8's) to them but those were less well maintained and fuel guzzlers.

I wonder if Boeing will reverse their planned slow down of the -8 production of 0.5 aircraft per month?
jbsimms
I flew back from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm on an ex-Flying Tigers 747 w/FedEx decals placed on it. We were delayed 12 hours from the original departure time due to mechanical issues. We were in formation waiting for the bus to take us to the airhead when we got word of the delay.. Could have cared less if it were a beat up DC-3 so long as we were leaving. Wish I had recorded that tail number as well as the C-141 that I flew on into country.
Cadefoster
Wonderful news for an amazing aircraft!
TorontoJeff
I wish they could make the passenger version a twin to keep it competitive, just for the sheer beauty of the airframe. Nothing looks like the Queen of the Skys.
kayak461
Wonderful news. The 747 is the greatest of them all!
Gpoon49
Gene Poon 1
Heavy lift (freight) and Government service are the only markets the 747 still has. UPS has probably put off the inevitable by 2-3 years.
bigkahuna400
Anyone know if Boeing has stated to build the new AF1's as yet? They will take years to complete after delivered to Air Force for retrofit, but general airframe ahould have a production slot soon.
bigkahuna400
It will probably be just a plane white aircraft and flown away immediately for security reasons.
Nocheechako
Roy Thomas 2
The current ones sat in Everett with Official Presidential paint for months when they were built. I remember driving by them often when I was in High school.
SAllsgood
The last I heard, last week, its still in planning.
PeterMcDevitt
Great news, right choice, fabulous American companies
Justthefacs
Great aircraft. Still Queen of the Skies vs the ugly duckling beluga whale looking A-380.

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