Boeing, Cargolux Reach Agreement in Delivery Dispute

Oct. 6, 2011
Largest 747 ever nearing its first delivery

Global freight hauler Cargolux International SA has arrived at a tentative agreement with Boeing Co. to resolve a dispute that postponed a scheduled delivery of two jets last month. Details of the new agreement are due for release following a Cargolux directors meeting later this week.

“Cargolux will disclose further details after signing of the accord and a meeting of its board of directors to be held on Oct. 7,” the company reported in an e-mail statement.

Boeing has not commented on the matter since mid September. At that time, Boeing’s statements indicated the dispute was “contractual,” rather than design-related or performance-based.

Two 747-8 freighters were due to be delivered to Luxembourg-based Cargolux on September 19. Cargolux has ordered 13 of the new cargo jets to fill out a global hauling fleet that operates 15 747 freighters.

The September delivery was to be the first for the 747-8, which earned U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certification earlier last month. It is the fourth generation of the wide-body jet, first announced in 2005, and with a longer fuselage and redesigned wings. Boeing is offering two design variants of this jet, and in addition to being the largest 747 yet the 747-8 is the largest commercial aircraft built in the U.S., and its commercial airline version is the world’s longest passenger aircraft.

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Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)

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