Boeing late last week moved the first 747-8 freighter out of its Everett assembly hall for painting, with flight testing set to start in the 2010 first quarter. First aircraft is destined for launch customer Cargoloux, one of nine airlines that have ordered a combined 78 747-8Fs. Boeing has sold 105 747-8s overall, including passenger and VIP variants. The -8F at 76.3 m. is 5.6 m. longer than the 747-400 freighter. The stretch provides 16% more revenue cargo volume, translating to four ...

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