Boeing 747 8: First Flight
March 21, 2011 by staff
Broadcast live by Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental showed that landed around 2:25 pm PST (2125 GMT) on Sunday at the airport to Boeing Field in Seattle in the U.S. states Washington, after concluding maiden flight of the aircraft, which lasted about four hours.
During the test flight, the pilots did some checking and function of the system and all went well, according to the webcast.
The new 747-8 Intercontinental can carry 467 passengers in a three-class configuration, said Boeing, which promotes the new widebody jet aircraft as the only security market 400-500.
Using 787-technology GEnx engines, the aircraft will be quieter, produce fewer emissions and better fuel economy airlines, Boeing said.
The aircraft also features a new wing design and upgraded flight deck. The interior incorporates features of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, including a new architecture of curves, upswept that will give passengers a greater feeling of space and comfort, while adding more room for personal belongings.
Boeing has indicated that, compared with its predecessor, the 747 -, the 747-8 Intercontinental offers 16 percent better fuel economy, 16 percent fewer carbon emissions per passenger and generates 30 percent smaller footprint noise, while carrying more passengers.
Boeing, in February, said that Korean Air, VIP customers and the launch of Lufthansa’s customers have ordered a total of 33 747-8 airliners, with the first delivery scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year.
It has been reported that the 747-8 Intercontinental is priced at around U.S. $ 317 million.
In early March, Boeing announced it has signed an agreement with Air China to buy five aircraft 747-8 Intercontinental.
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