Boeing to Roll Out 747-8 on February 13th

Boeing announced today that the 747-8 Intercontinental will be unveiled in an official rollout ceremony at its Everett, Wash. plant on Feb. 13th at 2 p.m. EST.

So far, Lufthansa and Korean Air are the only major carriers who have placed orders for the commercial version of the 747-8 Intercontinental with a few additional orders from private parties.

Boeing has struggled to generate much interest in the commercial version of its largest aircraft since it launched the 747-8 program back in 2005 but with Airbus proving that there is considerable demand in the super jumbo market with the A380, the prospects for the 747-8 still look promising.

The 747-8 rollout will be televised live online. Boeing hopes to deliver the first 747-8 by the end of the year

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2 Responses to Boeing to Roll Out 747-8 on February 13th

  1. Scred says:

    Whoever wrote this article is obviously an Airbus fan. Which is okay, since they must like planes that burn their wiring, explode engines, have interior panels that fall off on passengers and spend 20 times more time in the maintenance hangar than in the air generating revenue. So the 747 design is 42 years old…so what? It obviously works. And it’s paid for itself time and time again for Boeing. Airbus’ A380 needs to sell 400 units to break even and they’ll be lucky if they ever see 200. And unlike Airbus, Boeing doesn’t rely on the taxpayer to bail themselves out of a failed design because they’ve never had one. Boeing is still supreme. You can’t run from that basic fact. Have a nice day.

  2. Ryan says:

    Thanks for your feedback. It’s simply not true that I’m an Airbus fan however. You cant deny that the 747-800 (not any other version, the 800 is the only one the article is about) has struggled to rack up many orders from commercial airlines. I believe it definitely will going forth but for the time being, it has very few orders for the customer variation. Your points about the problems with the A380 are true. Airbus has had a lot of production problems with the plane and there have been an alarming amount of glitches relating to the engines lately for such a new plane, but it has still been a lot more popular than many analysts originally thought when the plane was launched (many people felt Boeing’s gamble to go with a super-jumbo plane would backfire but with over 200 orders in ten years they are starting to prove those people wrong). I don’t favor one plane maker over the other, just trying to report what’s out there. Thanks again for your comment, I hope you keep checking it out and providing more feedback!

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