Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental Scheduled for First Flight This Weekend

Posted Mar 15th 2011 02:00 PMUpdated Mar 15th 2011 03:33 PM

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Boeing has announced that the first flight of their largest airliner, the 747-8 Intercontinental, could take off on Sunday.

"The team continues to do great work to get the 747-8 Intercontinental into the air," said Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager of the 747 program in a release. "It'll be a great day for the team when the airplane flies."

The 747-8 is the newest aircraft in the 747 jumbo jet family and incorporates advanced technology and materials to make it the most fuel efficient 747 to date. The Intercontinental was stretched over 18 feet from the 747-400, which will allow it to carry up to 467 passengers in a 3-class configuration.

The interior of the new airplane will be updated with customizable LED lighting, larger windows and improved overhead bins.

Boeing has 38 orders for the new airplane with 20 from Lufthansa, five from Korean Air and five from Air China according to a March 7 announcement.

There will be a live webcast of the first flight out of Everett, WA when the Boeing 747-8 takes off.

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r wilson

The Boeing 747 is like it's older sister the B52, a great airplane that will be used for many more years.

March 16 2011 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jerry

If it ain't Boeing..... I ain't going....
No thanks to the Airbus total fly by wire thing.

March 16 2011 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Melinda

The 747 has always been the best aircraft in the air and I am tickled to see the new version ready to take off! If only the best carriers (PanAm and TWA) would come back to operate it!!

March 16 2011 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shirley Schmitz

Why can't we build these planes in America and give people much needed jobs?

March 16 2011 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Shirley Schmitz's comment
WILLIAM

SHIRLEY, WHERE DO YOU THINK BOEING BUILDS AIRPLANES. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE WORK FOR BOEING.

March 16 2011 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ken

They ARE built in the US! Everett, Washington in where Boeing is based and the planes are built, start to fisnish, although with anything parts for it are made throughout the world.

March 16 2011 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
COUNTRY

PLEASE I HOPE IT HAS MORE LEG ROOM FOR US TALLER PASSENGERS .SHAME TWA HAD TO GO IT WAS WHONE OF THE BEST AIRLINES WHEN U TRAVELED OVER SEAS AS WELL AS HAWAII.

March 16 2011 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WILLIAM SOWLES

Boeing builds the best and that's all there is to it!

March 16 2011 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Arseno

Boeing continues to make the best aircraft in the world as demonstrated by this newest edition of the 747, the worlds icon jumbo and with the proven track record. I suspect that Airbus can only groan with the introduction of this tough competitor taking future sales away from their A-380 program, which looks like will never break-even financially and troubled with engine problems. Perhaps they can give their planes away with their countries subsidizdising efforts.. Meanwhile, congratulations to Boeing.

March 16 2011 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steven R. Russell

Sounds great!

March 16 2011 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JanRwl

Whew, competition with the AirBus 380? How does the cost per passenger-mile to FLY this thing compare with the '380? 737 (for example)?

March 16 2011 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
al

Air China needs to buy 38 planes. If they are going to copy them and later build zap them up front. This is their tactic buy one or two then copy them and we dont have to buy any more and we can build them and sell them back.

March 16 2011 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Alfred Schrader

That Boeing -8 Sounds like a flying palace complete with LED mood lighting. Total wide-body comfort & pleasure. Question ? Do I want to fly in pure luxury, or on a cramped Airbus thingy ? ....Al-

March 16 2011 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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