Boeing said yesterday that it has completed 50% of the design releases for the 747-8 freighter, releasing detailed designs to Boeing factories and suppliers so parts, assemblies and tools for the aircraft can begin being built. The 747-8F program launched in November 2005 and first deliveries to Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines are scheduled for late 2009. The aircraft will be 18.3 ft. (5.6 m.) longer than the 747-400F with a maximum structural payload capability of 154 tons (140 tonnes) ...

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