(EVERETT, Washington) — Boeing unveiled its newest 747 Sunday at the same factory where the first of the iconic planes rolled out more than 40 years ago.
The 747-8 Intercontinental is a year behind schedule and first delivery is scheduled late this year. A freighter version began flight testing last February and the first one will be delivered later this year.
The 747-8’s wingspan stretches about 13 feet longer than the previous model, the 747-400. The cruising speed is about Mach 0.86, or 86 percent of the speed of sound.
The Intercontinental has a longer second deck and can seat approx. 467 people. Boeing hopes to begin flight testing next month, with FAA certification by fall and delivery soon after.
Original Story, February 11
Boeing is waiting to find out if it will build the U.S. Air Force's new refueling tanker. The 787 Dreamliner is still behind schedule. But this weekend, the company will have reason to celebrate.