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Boeing has firmed up its configuration for the 747-400 stretch ” the Intercontinental -8 variant ” as it closes trade studies necessary for launch.
Clearly mindful of the runaway success of its twin-engined Dreamliner model ” Boeing has incorporated many of its interior features into the 747-8, such as improved lighting and windows that are equal to the 777 dimensions of 15” (39cm) tall and 10.8” (27cm) wide.
”We have designed the 747-8 Intercontinental to be the ideal aircraft serving the 400-500 seat market between the 777 and Airbus A380,” said 747 programme deputy chief project engineer Michael Teal.
”The aircraft will provide airlines with significantly lower operating costs, as well as improved economics and environmental performance compared to the 747-400.”
Specifically, the 747-8 will stretch 5.6m (18.3ft) from the 747-800 and provide 467 seats in a three-class configuration and with a 14,800km (8,000nmi) range. Singapore Airlines, which recently took delivery of the first ” late ” A380 ” will configure its ultra-large aircraft with 471 seats in a three-class layout.
Boeing says that with firm configuration now in place, the manufacturer and its suppliers can begin detailed design of the parts, assemblies and other systems for the 747-8. First deliveries are slated for late 2010.
The 747-8 programme, which includes the Intercontinental and Freighter versions, was first launched by Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines in 2005. Lufthansa became the first carrier to order the 747-8 Intercontinental in December last year.