The delays are building and building. Already years of delays in development and testing and even more delays will come as the production ramp up goes slower than expected. This is not going to end soon...
Anyway, for the 748F. RC574, also known as G-GSSD, wich will be the first 748F for Atlas Air but will be leased to BA and is in full BA worldcargo livery, is supposed to be delivered on 28 October and will fly home on 30 October. This is not confirmed, but several sources say this and at the moment everything is going to plan to get this one delivered on 28 October.
First delivery to Cathay seems to be delayed a bit, but should also happen between now and let's say 10 November.
Furthermore, tomorrow will be an interesting day. As tomorrow Boeing will present an earnings report and the thing about that is wanted the most is the accounting block for the 787.
Boeing may peg this benchmark for 787 profit to an output of 1 100 aircraft. This means that all the costs Boeing made will be spread over the first 1 100 787's, after these 1100 first aircraft Boeing can start to make money on their 787's. Specialist reports talk about 900 up to 1200 787's.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-25/boeing-may-peg-benchmark-for-787-profitability-to-output-of-1-100-jets.html
If this wasn't clear already, this is a lot. Luckelly Boeing is strong enough to sustain such a programme, thanks to the succesfull 777 and 737 production lines wich are both running at record production rates.
As Boeing said it themself: "We had not done a development programme in 15 years, since the 777. We paid a very heavy price for that". Boeing invested billions in the research and development of new technologies, production technics, ... and due to several set backs the costs increased enormously. The only thing that you can see as an advantage now is that Boeing can use the technology they developed for the 748 and the 787 can be used in future programms like the 737MAX and the 777-8X and -9X. As a result the development costs of these aircraft will be much lower, also because these are not new designs but improvements.