The Boeing Co. will hand over its first 747-8 freighter today, more than three weeks after Cargolux refused the initial delivery.
Boeing’s Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing, confirmed the delivery to Cargolux on his blog.
Cargolux’s 747-8 is scheduled to take off from Everett’s Paine Field at 11:10 this morning, according to FlightAware. The freighter will head to Sea-Tac airport to pick up cargo.
Boeing will deliver the second 747-8 freighter to Cargolux tomorrow.
“Even though we had to wait a bit longer than expected, it doesn’t make these deliveries any less sweet,” Tinseth wrote.
Boeing originally planned to deliver the first freighter on Sept. 19.
Just days before that delivery celebration, which was to span three days, the 747-8 freighter’s launch customer, Cargolux, called off the delivery, citing unresolved issues.
Cargolux said last week that it had reached a tentative deal with Boeing but didn’t set a delivery date.
“We know Cargolux and every customer after them will love this airplane in every way—from how it flies to how it performs,” Tinseth wrote.
Cargolux has 13 747 freighters on order with Boeing. The company said it had worked through issues with Boeing and engine-maker General Electric, clearing the way for today’s delivery.
“The 747-8 freighter will be a driver of profitable growth for Cargolux,” Frank Reimen, chief executive of Cargolux, in a statement.