Randy Tinseth, vice president, marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes just informed media that the Boeing 747-8F delivery won’t take place as scheduled on Monday! Due to “contractual issues” with lauch customer Cargolux the delivery will be delayed until further notice. Employee and media events for next week have also been postponed.
According to Tinseth, Boeing is working with Cargolux to resolve the issues. The cargo airline has been a strong Boeing partner since decades. 20 years ago they also became the first carrier worldwide to operate the 747-400 Freighter.
According to a new Cargolux press release, its Board of Directors rejects the first two Boeing 747-8 Freighters that were scheduled for delivery to Cargolux on 19 and 21 September 2011 due to unresolved contractual issues between Boeing and Cargolux in respect of the aircraft.
The financing of the aircraft that is secured through JP Morgan as an Ex-Im Bank guaranteed lender had to be put on hold pending resolution of the contractual issues between Boeing and Cargolux in respect of the aircraft. In the event that the issues cannot be resolved in a timely manner, Cargolux will source alternative capacity to fully meet customer demand and expectations ahead of the traditional high season.