The next generation of Boeing's venerable 747, the 747-8F Freighter, has passed a critical flight test milestone.
Federal Aviation Administration officials have granted the aircraft extended type certification. That means FAA pilots and inspectors can participate in future flight tests.
“This is a major step in our effort to test and certify the 747-8 Freighter for our customers,” Mo Yahyavi, vice president and general manager for the 747 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a news release.
Boeing hopes to deliver the first of the new jets late this year. The company is producing the freighter version first, because demand from freight airlines has been brisker than the demand from passenger airlines.