N455BJ . Boeing has stated that compared to the 747-400, the -8I is to be 30% quieter, 16% more fuel-efficient, and have 13% lower seat-mile costs with nearly the same cost per trip. Happy anniversary, 747. The First Class and Business Class sections of the 747-8 enable airlines to offer passengers the most private and premium accommodations in the sky. The U.S. Air Force announced that it will continue the Boeing tradition with the 747-8, which will replace the two 747-200s that serve as the presidential Air Force One fleet. So it's no surprise that on high-volume routes the 747-8 offers premium revenue potential. [127] Major assembly of the aircraft began on August 8, 2008,[15] and the aircraft first left Boeing's Everett factory on November 12, 2009. It has three classes of seats and consists of two decks. [57] The second 747-8I flew on April 26, 2011. [163], In July 2018, there were 110 Boeing 747-8 aircraft in airline service with Lufthansa (19), Korean Air (17), Cargolux (14), Cathay Pacific Cargo (14), AirBridgeCargo Airlines (11), UPS Airlines (7), Polar Air Cargo (7), Air China (7), Silk Way West Airlines (5), Atlas Air (3), Qatar Airways Cargo (2), Saudia Cargo (2), Nippon Cargo Airlines (1), and CargoLogicAir (1). The 747X would increas… [145] In December 2009, Korean Air announced the order of five 747-8Is. [139] Outfitting the crown space for sleeping remains an option on VIP aircraft,[140] and the first 747-8 BBJ with AeroLoft was produced in 2012. [123] To maintain this position, Boeing designed a freight variant of the 747-8, named the 747-8 Freighter or 747-8F. [51][52] The aircraft, painted in delivery customer Cargolux's new livery, first flew on July 23, 2010. [96] Analysts do not see bright prospects for VLA (very large aircraft - those with more than 400 seats) whose orders have slowed in the mid-2010s, since there are widebody twinjets with similar range and greater fuel efficiency, giving airlines more flexibility at a lower upfront cost. When the 747-8 takes flight as the next Air Force One, Boeing airplanes will mark more than half a century of presidential service … And with more than 400 seats available, this 747 creates a unique opportunity to maximize the bottom-line potential of any high-volume route. The company launched the freighter version on November 14, 2005. Boeing is still building freighter models of the 747-8, so if you're a package you'll have more time. Passengers using the SkySuites, sold at a premium price, would sit in regular economy class seats for take-off and landing, and move to the crown area during flight. As mentioned in the introduction, the Boeing 747-100 is 231 feet 10 inches (70.66 meters) long. From Presidents Roosevelt to Trump, Boeing airplanes have transported U.S. presidents around the world. [21] The 747-8F is expected to have a 16% lower ton-mile operating cost than the 747-400F and offer a slightly greater range. With all improvements implemented, the resulting aircraft would have a maximum takeoff weight of greater than 1,000,000 lb (450 t). [39], By March 11, 2010, the 747-8F had flown thirteen flights covering a total of 33 hours. Norris, Guy. Without a doubt, the Airbus A380 smokes the 747 right out the gate with passenger capacity. The airliner version can carry 467 passengers in a typical three-class configuration over 7,790 nmi (14,430 km). 54-55. [175][176][177], Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era, Wide-body airliner, current production series of the 747. According to Boeing, the parts, manufactured by subcontractor Vought Aircraft Industries, were, under certain loads, susceptible to cracking. 442 t. Max. Airlines bought the original 747 primarily for its range, not its capacity. The Royal Flight of Oman received one VIP 747-8 in 2012. The Boeing 747 also served well in the military role, as the National Emergency Airborne Command Post, as Air Force One, and soon, as the platform for an antiballistic missile laser system -- the ABL. The remaining aircraft in the test fleet were scheduled to move to Palmdale during May. [26], On December 4, 2009, Korean Air became the second airline customer for the −8I passenger model, with an order for five airliners. Boeing 737 Next Generation (737NG) is the overarching name given to a fleet of aircraft that began production in 1991.It includes the Boeing 737-600, Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800 and Boeing … This 747-800 is the newest aircraft type in the long-haul fleet for Lufthansa. The stretched 747 Advanced was launched as the 747-8 on November 14, 2005, for a market forecast of 300 aircraft. [94] In an SEC filing submitted at the same time, Boeing stated that if they were "unable to obtain sufficient orders and/or market, production and other risks cannot be mitigated, [...] it is reasonably possible that we could decide to end production of the 747. The Qatar Amiri Flight received three VIP Boeing 747-8Is. [65][66][67] One test −8I was used for an evaluation by Lufthansa in early December 2011 before first delivery in early 2012. "[160], On August 1, 2017, Defense One reported that to pay less for the replacement program, the U.S. Air Force purchased two undelivered 747-8I ordered by a bankrupt Russian firm (Transaero); the aircraft had been stored in the Mojave Desert to prevent corrosion. [143][144] Lufthansa became the first airline to order the 747-8 Intercontinental on December 6, 2006. [85], The overall demand for the 747-8 turned out to be below Boeing's initial projections as well, which led to several reductions in production rate. Here you can find out all about the latest generation of the jumbo jet, on which you can fly with Lufthansa on numerous routes – enjoying the greatest comfort and our best service. [130], In June 2015, Boeing predicted new orders for the 747-8F based on its projections of a 4.7% annual increase in air cargo demand. [25] On November 12, 2009, Boeing announced that Cargolux's first airplane was fully assembled and entering the Everett plant's paint shop. [112][113] With a maximum take-off weight of 975,000 lb (442 t),[114] the 747-8 is the heaviest aircraft, commercial or military, manufactured in the U.S.[113], Compared to the 747-400, the main changes have been to the wings, which have undergone a complete design overhaul. Copyright © 1995 - 2020 Boeing. Powered by the more efficient General Electric GEnx turbofan of the 787 Dreamliner, its maximum take-off weight (MTOW) grew to 975,000 lb (442 t), the heaviest Boeing airliner. Boeing undertook an evaluation of the issue, which included devoting the third test aircraft to investigating the problem. [34] On February 8, 2010, after a 2.5-hour weather delay, the 747-8 Freighter made its maiden flight, taking off from Paine Field, Washington at 12:39 PST,[35] and landed at 4:18 pm PST. Listed online just like two French government Airbus A340s, 10 Boeing 747-400s and two Airbus A380-800s are on the offering.. [14][15] On November 14, 2008, Boeing announced a delay to the 747-8 program, citing limited availability of engineering resources within Boeing, design changes, and the recent strike by factory workers. [29] In March 2011, Korean Air converted options into a firm order for two additional −8 freighters. But that’s because it was designed nearly 35-40 years after the Boeing 747 took flight and Airbus knew exactly on what metric to beat them. Owning the Qatar Amiri Flight Boeing 747-8 would be a dream for many an av geek. However, pricing feasibility studies found the SkyLoft concept difficult to justify. [69], In February 2015 the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental was given 330-minute ETOPS approval, the first time that ETOPS-330 approval was given to a four-engined aircraft. [96] The future for the 747-8 passenger version appears limited. In 2000, Boeing offered the 747X and 747X Stretch derivatives as alternatives to the Airbus A3XX. That's a better way to fly. Boeing’s global reach includes customers in approximately 150 countries and employees and operations in more than 65 countries. [58] Three 747-8 Intercontinentals had taken part in flight testing by December 2011. take-off weight. [131], The passenger version, named 747-8 Intercontinental or 747-8I was formally launched on November 14, 2005, by Boeing. [71], Boeing handed over the first 747-8F to Cargolux in Everett, Washington, on October 12, 2011. In October 2009, Boeing announced that it had delayed the first flight on the 747-8 until the first quarter of 2010 and delayed 747-8I delivery. [99][100][101][102][103][104][105], Volga-Dnepr Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Boeing for the purchase of 20 more 747-8Fs at the 2015 Paris Air Show. As of August 2019[update], it has 154 confirmed orders: 107 freighters, and 47 passenger airliners. [41] On March 17 the third −8F made its first flight and joined the test program. Boeing and General Electric are working on software changes to mitigate the effects of core engine icing. Another effort to reduce weight is the introduction of fly-by-wire technology for the majority of the lateral controls. After repairs, the aircraft moved into fuel efficiency testing. This 747-800 is the newest aircraft type in the long-haul fleet for Lufthansa. Flying in the upper deck of a 747 with a top-rated carrier would be out of reach for many, but when paying with points, it’s accessible to far more people.Because Lufthansa is a member of Star Alliance, you have plenty of options for booking award tickets. As on the 747-400F, the upper deck is shorter than passenger models; the 18-foot-3 1⁄2-inch (5.575 m) stretch is just before and just aft of the wing. And that’s where points and miles can come in handy. [48] It was announced on June 14, 2010, that the 747-8 had completed the initial phase of flight-worthiness testing and that the Federal Aviation Administration had given Boeing an expanded type inspection authorization for the aircraft. [44] In early April 2010, Boeing identified a possible defect in one of the upper longerons, a main component of the fuselage. Boeing said that the issue would not affect flight testing, but other sources stated that the problem could impact the operating envelope of the aircraft until it was fully repaired. The large capacity of the 747-8 is an advantage for the freighter version, not the passenger version. [21] Combined, these problems slowed flight testing and used up almost all the margin in Boeing's development schedule. It was to be outfitted with a VIP interior before beginning service in 2014. [11] In 2006, Boeing said that the new design would be quieter, more economical, and more environmentally friendly than previous versions of the 747. While keeping its basic structure and sweep, the wing is thicker and deeper, holding more fuel, and wider with raked wingtips. At the same time, the company announced another after tax charge of $814 million, reflecting a lower estimation of frames to be produced and revenue realised. Worldwide Aircraft Holding operated one VIP 747-8 that was sold to the Government of Turkey. 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