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WORLD'S NEWEST FREIGHTER IN FINAL ASSEMBLY AT BOEING

 EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing's latest new- technology aircraft, the 747-400 Freighter, has entered the final production phase at the manufacturer's huge plant near here, the company said today.
 In final assembly, winglets, engines and dorsal fin are added to the joined fuselage; functional tests of the aircraft's systems also are carried out there.
 The airplane will emerge from the factory in late February. Following cargo-loading demonstrations, pre-flight activities will begin, such as airplane fueling and thorough electronic systems and engine checks.
 In early May, this most productive of cargo carriers will take off from nearby Paine Field to begin a three-month certification flight test program. Initial deliveries are scheduled for this fall.
 Orders for 16 airplanes have been received from six airlines: Cargolux, AirFrance, Asiana, Cathay Pacific, KLM and Singapore Airlines. With the same fuselage dimensions as the 747-200 Freighter, the new derivative will carry more payload at longer ranges, with better fuel economy and lower operating costs.
 At a given payload, for example, the 747-400F will fly up to 920 statute miles (l,482 km) farther than the -200F or, at a given range, carry up to 40,000 pounds (18,000 kg) more cargo.
 This enhanced capability, thanks to more powerful engines and a larger wing, is complemented by improvements in cargo handling system components.
 The new freighter has the same upper deck as the -200F. However, the upper deck floor was revised to make room for two additional 10-foot (3 m) high pallets. By relocating the upper deck access ladder and revising guide rails and tie-down equipment, an additional pallet position was created in the nose of the airplane. These changes resulted in 774 cubic feet (21.9 cubic meters) more cargo space on the main deck than on the -200F.
 Two additional LD-1 or LD-3 containers will fit into the aft lower hold and, depending upon the pallet and container mix in the forward lower hold, two additional containers forward -- adding up to 700 cubic feet (19.8 cubic meters) of additional containerized cargo volume in the lower hold.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Jean Olsen of Boeing, 206-342-8537/
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