UPS order tops off 747-8 line through 2020

UPS Boeing 747-8F. Source: Boeing.

UPS Boeing 747-8F. Source: Boeing.

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Introduction

Oct. 31, 2016, © Leeham Co.: Last week’s order for 14 Boeing 747-8Fs and 14 options by UPS assures continuation of the program through 2020. If options are exercised, and if previously announced deals with other customers finally are consummated, the program should continue at least well into the 2020 decade.

Summary

  • UPS (but not Boeing) revealed the delivery timeline for the order.
  • The mysterious Volga-Dnepr/AirBridgeCargo that was announced at the Paris and Farnborough air shows for up to 20 747-8Fs still hasn’t been firmed up. Only four are listed on the Boeing website this year.
  • Iran Air will order four 747-8s under the reported terms of the agreement with Boeing. The US government blessed the deal recently.
  • The first of three 747-8s for the presidential fleet is now scheduled for delivery in October 2017, it’s believed.

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