The new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is scheduled to make its first flight today at 17:00 GMT after successfully completing its high-speed taxi tests.
According to Boeing, the 747-8 “performed well” during the test run and they are confident the aircraft is ready for its inaugural flight today, which will be broadcast online at http://www.boeing.com/newairplane/747
The striking orange coloured 747-8 Intercontinental is the latest version of the 40 year old 747 jumbo jet. It is the only airplane that will serve the 400-500 seat market with a unique and spacious interior.
Boeing emphasises that the plane will have the lowest cost per seat for a mile traveled compared to any other large airliner. Compared to its predecessor, the 747-400, the new plane will achieve 16 percent improvement in fuel economy, 16 percent less carbon emissions per passenger, and will produce 30 percent less noise.
The inaugural 747-8 Intercontinental flight is scheduled to take off at 10pm GMT from Paine Field (KPAE). It will then have a five hour flight before landing at Boeing Field (KBFI).
Boeing has received 107 orders for the 747 – 8. 33 of which have been for passenger planes and 74 for the cargo plane. Most recently Korean Air placed an order for two cargo 747-8s.