Boeing Delivers Air China’s First 747-8 Intercontinental
Air China announced that it took delivery of its first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. The plane is the first of seven that the aircraft has on order.
The airline said that the 747-8 Intercontinental will offer “double-digit improvements” in fuel consumption over the Boeing 747-400, the aircraft’s predecessor, as well as emit 30% less noise. The interior of the plane also has more room for carry-ons, as well as significantly more personal space.
The Boeing 747-8 is comprised of roughly six million parts manufactured by over 550 suppliers in 30 countries. More than 450 of those suppliers are located in the U.S. The others are in China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.
The new 747-8 Intercontinental uses much of the same technology that is found in the 787 Dreamliner, an aircraft that began service in December 2011, as well as all-new wing and engine designs.
With a capacity of 467 passengers in a three-class configuration, the 747-8 can carry 51 more passengers than the 747-400 as well as two more freight pallets with 26% additional cargo volume.
Air China is the flag carrier of China. Currently, the airline serves over 160 destinations in over 30 countries worldwide. In addition to the 747-8s, it also has 15 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on order and took delivery of 20 Boeing 777-300s in the past three years.
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