Boeing announced yesterday that the 747-8 freighter has received expanded type inspection authorization from US FAA, a critical step toward certification that allows agency personnel to participate in test flights and collect required data. The aircraft achieved first flight in February and first delivery to launch customer Cargolux is scheduled for the fourth quarter (ATW Daily News, Feb. 9). Boeing also said yesterday that it has started fuselage assembly of the first 747-8 ...

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