Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, Largest Airliner from Boeing, Debuts this Weekend

February 12, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Boeing is about to uncover its only jetliner in the 400-500 seat market, the 747-8 Intercontinental this weekend. This will be the biggest airliner from Boeing and the aircraft maker’s newest weapon in their competition with Airbus.

The new 747-8 Intercontinental is the longest aircraft in the world with the length  measuring 250 feet . This makes it 18.3 ft longer than the current model. It is capable of carrying 467 passengers in a three class configuration.

The 747-8I comes with new engines and flight control systems which makes it 30 percent quieter than the current versions.

To be on the economic side, the company claims that 747-8I is 16 percent more fuel efficient and will operate with seat-mile costs down 13 percent of the existing models. These features are expected to bring down the operating costs.

Though Boeing expected they can complete the development project of the 747-8I from the existing models with an expenditure of $2 billion, certain reports suggest that they later found the cost reaching near $5 billion.

Moreover, Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is finding less interesting times in the market with just 33 models ordered so far. The cargo version of the aircraft has got order for 74 pieces.

However, Boeing is expecting that their new biggest jetliner will get more demand in routes connecting major hubs like New York-Paris. Boeing has already received orders from Lufthansa and Korean Airlines so far.

There are also unconfirmed reports that certain countries like the US and the Korea are considering the new behemoth from Boeing as their presidential flight.

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