Boeing unveils new 747-8 Intercontinental
Boeing has unveiled the new 747-8 Intercontinental - its largest ever passenger plane. Approximately 10,000 guests, including customers, Boeing employees, government officials and suppliers, gathered at Boeing’s factory in Washington state, to witness the premiere of the 747-8 at an event themed ‘Incredible, Again’. Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ president and CEO, Jim Albaugh, used the event to comment on the technological advancements of the new 747. “The new 747-8 Intercontinental features the latest in innovative technologies – applying many of the breakthroughs also found on the 787 Dreamliner,” said Albaugh. “We think our customers will value the low operating costs and passengers will enjoy the comfort of the striking new interior.” Boeing claims that the 747-8 Intercontinental will have the lowest seat-mile cost of any large commercial jet, with 12 percent lower costs than its predecessor, the 747-400. The aircraft also provides 16 percent better fuel economy, 16 percent less carbon emissions per passenger and generates a 30 percent less noise than the 747-400. The new plane also includes interior features from the 787 Dreamliner, such as curved, upswept architecture giving passengers a greater feeling of space and more room for personal belongings. The aircraft unveiled yesterday was painted in a new ‘Sunrise’ livery of red-orange that will only appear on the first 747-8 Intercontinental. The red livery recognises Boeing’s commitment to the Asian market. The planemaker said the “new colour palette honours many key Boeing customers whose cultures recognise these colours as symbols of prosperity and good luck”.