747-8 Intercontinental Unveiled, Largest Passenger Aircraft from Boeing (Video)

By on Feb 15, 2011 in Business, Headlines, Technology, Travel, United States, World Comments
Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental

747-8 Intercontinental Unveiled
PhotoCredit: Boeing/Gail Hanusa

The new 747-8 Intercontinental plane was unveiled by The Boeing Company on Sunday, February 13 in front of 10,000, employees, suppliers, customers, partners and government officials, several international news sites reported. The aircraft was said to be the largest passenger aircraft built by Boeing.

“I often say that great companies do great things. What you’re going to see here this morning is another expression of greatness,” Jim Albaugh, president of Boeing‘s commercial airplanes division was quoted saying.

According to reports, the new aircraft is far more advanced than the first 747s model released by the company. Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental features new wings, a brand new body and engines. It was said to improve fuel efficiency by 16% and reduce carbon emmissions by another 16%. The new engines were reported to lower the sound emmission by 30% compared to the previous versions.

Here are some 747-8 Intercontinental information:

  • Seats 467 passengers on average.
  • Flies up to 8,000 nautical miles.
  • Powered by four General Electric GEnx-2B67 engines.
  • Has a wingspan of 224 feet, 7 inches.
  • 63 feet, 6 inches tall.

Here is a video report courtesy of Boeing.com:

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