Boeing's first 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter lands in Seattle.
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Aircraft manufacturer Boeing (NYSE NYSE
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The 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter (LCF LCF - Logic for Computable Functions ) landed at 08:00 PDT on Saturday (16 September) at Boeing Field in Seattle, US, having completed a non-stop 13-hour, 17-minute flight from Taipei, Taiwan.
According to the company, the most significant change to the aircraft is the new extended upper fuselage, which boosts the cargo capacity by volume to 65,000 cubic feet, more than three times the cargo capacity of a standard 747-400 freighter.
The fleet of three aircraft is being modified by Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp (EGAT) in Taipei.
The LCF's flight test programme is expected to last through to the end of the year, Boeing said. The first two LCFs will enter service in early 2007 and the third will follow later.
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