Boeing announced Thursday that Oregon-based Evergreen International Airlines will operate its fleet of three...

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Seattle Times business staff

Boeing announced Thursday that Oregon-based Evergreen International Airlines will operate its fleet of three super-sized air freighters that will ferry parts of the 787 from Japan and Europe to the United States.

Evergreen International is an operator of 747 cargo airplanes and of one 747 “supertanker” used for firefighting.

The 787 parts-delivery service between Europe and the U.S. will be subcontracted to Cargolux, an air-cargo company out of Luxembourg. Cargolux was recently named launch customer for the new version of Boeing’s jumbo jet, the 747-8.

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Logistics for the delivery service between Japan and the U.S. will be coordinated by Sojitz, Boeing’s longtime agent in Japan. Sojitz helped Boeing develop its relationship with the Japanese airlines.

The freighters that will carry the 787 parts are converted 747s with bulging upper fuselages. The used 747s are currently being modified in Taiwan by Evergreen Aviation Technologies.

Unrelated to the Oregon company, Evergreen Aviation is a joint venture between EVA Air and General Electric. EVA is a launch customer for the 777-200LR.