The six 747-400ER freight planes are scheduled for delivery in late 2006 through the first half of 2008, Boeing said. Guggenheim Aviation Partners placed the orders on behalf of the Guggenheim Aviation Investment Fund LP.
>> Who is Guggenheim Aviation Partners ?a pseudo Boeing/CIA funded company ?
Actually Aither, they are an U.S.-based aircraft/cargo leasing firm. They are the lessors of Martinair's MD11 and is a partner in the 747 SF conversion program.
>> Deliveries until 2008... When is the earliest the 747adv line could start?
Lightsaber, the switch to Adv production should happen around 2007-2008, as Boeing plans for a first-flight and EOS in 2009. It would appear that production of the 744 through this time isn't far from being secured...
I just did the little Everett tour today. It makes me wonder why 2008? They don't appear to have much going on at the plant. Most of the assembly jigs were empty. Every varient I saw was a 747F as well... Maybe they're stretching things out to keep the line open?
Good to hear that next year, line 5 will start assembling the 787. That's the tour I'd like to see, not 40 year old technology on the 747 line.