1,500 747s

Forty five years (and a few months) after the first flight of the 747, Boeing marked a milestone for the program on Saturday when Lufthansa took delivery of 747 #1,500. The German carrier was the launch customer for the 747-8 Intercontinental, which we first brought to you on Cargo Facts back in February of 2012.

Lufthansa’s first 747-8i

Now that the 747-8 intercontinental has achieved FAA and EASA certification, it’s nearly time for that first delivery. Though some of the early 747-8i’s will be VIP aircraft, the first to enter airline service will be with Lufthansa, and we’re proud to show it off to you today. D-ABYA (msn: 37827) inherits its registration from […]

747-8 Intercontinental Earns Certification

On Wednesday, December 14th, the FAA granted Boeing an amended type certificate for the 747-8 intercontinental. The 467-seat aircraft is now ready for sale and has also gained EASA approval. This is the third aircraft that Boeing has certified in 2011 and brings to a conclusion two years of test flying and modification. Seen here […]

More Photos from the 747-8i First Flight

Click on any of the photos to see them at full size. Unlike the last two first flight days, for the 787-8 and the 747-8f, today was bright and clear. The bright sunshine belies the temperature, however, which was only just above freezing. Hundreds of Boeing employees and media are parked on the burms between […]

Boeing 747-8i comes to BFI

Four hours and twenty-six minutes after taking off at Everett, the 748i touched down at Boeing field to a waiting (and cheering) crowd. After taxiing down the full length of runway 31R, Capt. Mark Feuerstein and First Officer Paul Stemer slowed the aircraft to a halt in front of the south entrance to the Boeing […]

Boeing 747-8 Intercontintental First In-flight Picture

And it’s airborne! Cargo Facts was on hand this morning to witness the first flight of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. Boeing’s two Canadair T33 chase planes (one seen here) swept in and after a very short takeoff roll, RC001 (msn: 38636) took to the skies. Up in the air as this is posted, the flight […]
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