Boeing’s 747-8 will enter service by the middle of this month after an October 12 delivery date was agreed by Cargolux. Last month the delivery was cancelled at the eleventh hour after a fuel-burn dispute with engine supplier General Electric. Cargolux rejected delivery of the first two 747-8 freighters because following a September 16 board meeting where Qatar Airways’ CEO, Akbar Al Barker – the new 35% shareholder – took his seat for the first time. During that meeting Al Barker took exception at the 2.7% shortfall in fuel-efficiency guarantees on the 747-8 and refused to accept the status quo

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