Boeing unveils greener, quieter jumbo jet

The jumbo jet has been an icon of the aviation industry for over 30 years, and as of February 13, it has a new sibling in the form of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental.

At the official unveiling at its plant in Everett, Washington, USA Boeing said that the new aircraft will "set a new standard in economic and environmental performance, while providing a world-class passenger experience."

The 747-8 Intercontinental is the only plane on the market designed to carry between 400 and 500 passengers - more than the current 747 jumbo jet but fewer than the enormous Airbus A380 "superjumbo" now used by airlines such as Singapore and Emirates.

Boeing hopes that the Intercontinental's lower operating costs will make it a competitor to the A380 as airlines begin to search for higher-capacity yet greener replacements for the current jumbo jet.

It offers 16 percent better fuel economy and 16 percent less carbon emissions per passenger than its predecessor, according to Boeing's figures, as well as being some 30 percent quieter.

Inside, passengers have more room for personal belongings and larger windows, as well as lighting which simulates the time of day, sweeping interior staircases and an upper deck which is designed to resemble the interior of a private jet.

Passengers flying with Lufthansa and Korean Air will be the first to fly on the new aircraft, which is scheduled to go into service in the fourth quarter this year.

Watch the unveiling online http://www.newairplane.com/747/incredible/index.html

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