New jumbo jet to debut at Paris Air Show
Tuesday 07 June 2011
Boeing is to officially debut its new 747-8 Intercontinental at the Paris Air Show, it has confirmed.
The US aviation giant will display both the passenger and cargo versions of the aircraft at the show, which runs June 20-26.
The passenger version of the 747-8 Intercontinental, which took to the skies for the first time in March this year, will fly on June 19 and will be on static display until the evening of June 21, with Boeing's other new airliner, the 787 Dreamliner, on show afterwards (June 22-23).
Next year, Lufthansa is set to be the first airline to fly the new 747-8 Intercontinental, a stretched version of Boeing's classic jumbo jet which can carry 467 passengers and is expected to compete with Airbus' A380 'super jumbo.'
The 747-8 is designed for long-haul flights, with a range of 14,815 km that enables airlines to operate popular routes such as New York to Hong Kong or London to Singapore non-stop.
At a length of 76.4 meters, it is the world's longest aircraft and is expected to afford considerable efficiency savings compared with its predecessor.
The Paris Air Show is the oldest aviation show in the world, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to Le Bourget Airport just outside Paris every two years.
As well as airplanes from manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier, visitors can enjoy spectacular air shows from both fixed-wing and helicopter aircraft, as well as a history of aviation exhibition.
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