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4th Boeing B744 LCF

Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:54 pm

Sorry if this has already been reported.

9M-MPA has been sold to Boeing to become a LCF departed KUL on 20th March to TPE as MH5404.

Somebody on this forum mentioned recently that this aircraft had the new interior installed recently and IFE?

With the 2 ex CI birds and the ex Air China B744, according to my count -MPA will become the 4th Boeing LCF.

I guess this ends speculation that -MPA was being converted to a freighter for MH.

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RE: 4th Boeing B744 LCF

Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:58 pm

Well Boeing said on Monday that they will be addinga 4th LCF to the fleet. The word I got from someone closely connected to the 787 program is that Boeing plans to add two more LCFs to the fleet for a total of 6. Sounds like a major increase in 787 production is under consideration.
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RE: 4th Boeing B744 LCF

Thu Mar 22, 2007 9:43 pm

Quoting NYC777 (Reply 1):
The word I got from someone closely connected to the 787 program is that Boeing plans to add two more LCFs to the fleet for a total of 6. Sounds like a major increase in 787 production is under consideration.

Yes, but I bet regardless of the 787 production levels, Y1 will be another area of utilization.
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RE: 4th Boeing B744 LCF

Thu Mar 22, 2007 9:47 pm

Quoting N328KF (Reply 2):
Yes, but I bet regardless of the 787 production levels, Y1 will be another area of utilization.

Well that's all going to depend on where Y1 get's built and if they would subcontract out as much work on Y1 as they did on the 787.

If Boeing decides to build all of Y1 at one facility say Renton, including the full fuselage and wing production, there ma not be any need to foy in large parts a la LCF.
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RE: 4th Boeing B744 LCF

Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:05 pm

Quoting NYC777 (Reply 1):
Well Boeing said on Monday that they will be addinga 4th LCF to the fleet. The word I got from someone closely connected to the 787 program is that Boeing plans to add two more LCFs to the fleet for a total of 6.

This is the first time I heard Boeing planning 6 B-747-400LCFs.
 
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RE: 4th Boeing B744 LCF

Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:18 pm

Well 4 for certain but I got info that they plan to add two more. I won't be surprised if this news is made official along with the production output increase at the 787 Air Show in Paris.
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RE: 4th Boeing B744 LCF

Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:30 pm

It just makes sense, given that the LCF is intended to be the primary means of moving large sub-assemblies around the globe. Since every airplane needs maintenance, and unscheduled maintenance does occur - even in reliable designs - the need for a hot spare or two is required.