Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
25 April 2012
20 March 2011
Also Known As: 747-8 VIP and Boeing 747-800
Origin: United States of America
Boeing* and Telair International (*) lead contractor
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Description: The Boeing 747 is a huge, short and long range, high capacity airliner intended primarily for intercontinental flights. This aircraft is capable of flying at Mach 0.85 carrying around 500 passengers. The first model, 747-100 ordered by Pan Am, entered service in 1970 with a take-off weight of 340-ton. Along with the -100 model, the 747-100B, -100SR for short range/high-capacity flights and -100SF freighter were introduced in 1970.
The Boeing 747-8 family of aircraft program was officially launched by Boeing on 14 November 2005. The aircraft family includes to versions the 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airplane and the 747-8 Freighter airplane also known as the 747-8F. The new aircraft will feature technologies taken from Boeing 787 Dreamliner program which is due in 2008. Among those technologies to be inserted into the 747-8 program highlights low emissions, fuel-efficient GEnx engine provided by General Electric. Besides the 747-8 will offer lower trip costs, lower noise emissions, an upgraded flight deck and an improved wing.
The 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airplane will be stretched 3.6 m (11.7 ft) compared to the 747-400 to accommodate 34 additional seats in a typical three-class configuration. The Intercontinental will have a range of 14,815 km (8,000 nm) and will feature the new Boeing Signature Interior. It will offer 21 percent more lower-hold revenue cargo volume than the 747-400 and cost about 8 percent less per seat mile to operate. According to Boeing, compared to the A380, it will offer 22 percent lower trip costs.
The 747-8 family of aircraft development is due to a Boeing forecast which states that world aviation will need about 900 A380/B747 high capacity airplanes before 2025. Lufthansa placed the launch order for the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental on 6 December 2006. The firm order contract valued at $5.5 billion for 20 747-8s plus purchase rights for another 20. First aircraft delivery was scheduled for 2010. As of May 2007, Boeing had sold four 747-8 VIP jets.
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