The closure of the production of the Boeing 747-8 aircraft seems to have been decided

According toYann cochennecin the article "Boeing estime possible d'arrêter la production du Boeing 747Published by magazineAir & cosmos, in a document sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Boeing no longer excludes the possibility of stopping production of the latest generation of Boeing 747-8 aircraft, also known as “Queen of the Sky”. According to Boeing, "it is likely that we will come to a decision to stop the production of the 747th."

Assembly line aircraft Boeing 747-8 (c) Boeing
Starting from September 2016, the production rate of 747-8 will fall to 0.5 aircraft per month, that is, less than three years of production with the existing order book (20 aircraft, half of which are in the cargo version). The Airbus A380 aircraft completely blocked the passenger segment, having orders for 300 aircraft, Boeing focused on modifying the 747-8 Fret as a replacement for the cargo 747-400 aircraft on the market and the 747-400BCF (first operated as a passenger, and then passed conversion).
But the global freight market is showing a slowdown, the 2012 leap has exhausted its potential. Suddenly, the prospects for the 747-8 became completely unclear due to the lack of new buyers. That is, Boeing needs new customers in this and in 2017 in order to maintain the production line. And in the face of silence on their part, the manufacturer is forced to abandon this option.
This passivity of the market also explains why the Airbus concern decided to reduce the supply of its A380 aircraft to 12 copies per year, starting in 2018. The manufacturer expects to maintain the production of its aircraft for another five years, hoping that demand will recover in 2022.


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