In the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington a spectacular unveiling of the all new Boeing 747 variant 800 took place to approximately 10,000 guests, including Boeing customers, employees, government officials, partners and suppliers, all gathered to witness the premiere of the all new Boeing 747 aircraft.
The Boeing 747-8 represents a new chapter in the life the 747 Jumbo Jet. Featuring carbon composite technology and advanced aluminium alloys the 747-8 is not only more advanced in construction but also the designers at Boeing have achieved both increased size of aircraft with increased fuel efficiency (recorded at 16% improvement over the 747-4) thanks to advancements in technology; including in construction materials, computer technology and jet engines amongst other improvements.
Unusually for a new aircraft launch the first two 747-8 aircraft off the production line are to be VIP-configured models, the first time in the company’s history a lead test airframe is destined for VIP operation.
Eight 747-8I VIP aircraft have been ordered to date, with seven of those airframes earmarked for five Middle Eastern customers. A Boeing repesentative reports five 747s will be delivered over several weeks in late 2011, with the balance handed over in 2012.
More news on the 747-8 VIP completions is sure to follow…