Boeing Delivers First 747-8 Intercontinental Airplane
Boeing delivered its first 747-8 Intercontinental VIP airplane to an undisclosed customer. The 747-8 was delivered with minimal interior, and will take to the skies in 2014 after its VIP interior is installed. Boeing recently delivered the first freighter version of the 747-8, the 787-8F, to Korean Air.
The 747-8 VIP has a 4,786 square foot (444.6 square meter) cabin, and includes Greenpoint Technologies’ Aeroloft above the main cabin that provides an additional 393 square feet (36.5 square meters) of cabin space.
The aircraft can carry 100 passengers, and has a range of nearly 8,840 nautical miles (16,372 km). It is both quieter and more fuel-efficient than the 747-400.
Boeing has nine orders for the 747-8 VIP from undisclosed customers. Airlines that have placed order for the 747-8 include Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, and Lufthansa. Onboard amenities include sculpted ceilings, larger windows, dynamic LED lighting, and large overhead bins. The 747-8 can fly into the same airports as current 747s, while the only other aircraft in its class, the Airbus A380, requires new airport infrastructure and equipment.