Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Boeing Introduces 747-8I to the World

(Photo by Boeing)

Boeing on Sunday rolled out the 747-8 Intercontinental in Everett in front of 10,000, employees, government officials, customers, partners and suppliers.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh said the aircraft "features the latest in innovative technologies—applying many of the breakthroughs also found on the 787 Dreamliner. We think our customers will value the low operating costs and passengers will enjoy the comfort of the striking new interior."

Lufthansa and Korean Air are the only airline customers for the 747-8I, for which Boeing has received 33 firm orders. It has 76 firm orders for the 747-8 Freighter, with delayed first delivery of the -8F now slated for "mid-year 2011". The 747-8 fuselage is 250 ft.-2 in. (76.3 m.) long, or 18 ft.-4 in. (5.6 m.) longer than the 747-400. Boeing has said the -8I can accommodate 467 passengers in a typical three-class configuration.

First delivery of the -8I to a VIP customer is expected late this year (ATW Daily News, Oct. 15, 2010). Executive VP-LH Group Fleet Management Nico Buchholz said in a statement that LH will be "welcoming this new aircraft to our fleet next year."

BCA VP and GM-Aircraft Programs Pat Shanahan said the -8I will "give operators an airplane perfectly suited for long, heavily traveled routes around the world."

Boeing claims that the -8I will have the lowest seat-mile cost of any large commercial aircraft, with 12% lower costs than its predecessor. Compared to the 747-400, the -8I will have 16% better fuel efficiency, 16% less carbon dioxide emissions per passenger and generate a 30% smaller noise footprint, the manufacturer stated.

The 747-8 program is the first fuselagestretch of the original 747 model rolled out in 1970. Since 1966, Boeing has sold 1,525 747s.

(Geoffrey Thomas - Air Transport World)

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