The newest Boeing commercial jetliner has made its international air show debut, the first 747-8 Intercontinental landing at Paris Le Bourget Airport on June 19 at 9:30 a.m. Paris time.
Boeing leaders, U.S. government officials, show organizers and media were on hand to welcome the aircraft and its crew when they arrived at Le Bourget after an approximately 10-hour flight from Seattle. The airplane took off at 2:38 p.m. Seattle time.
The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental flew at Mach 0.85 and traveled approximately 4,400 nautical miles (8,149 kilometers).
Capt. Mark Feuerstein, Boeing’s chief pilot for the 747 program, was at the controls of the 747-8I when it landed. He was joined by co-pilots Capt. Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets; Capt. Rene Gonzalez, BBJ chief pilot; and Capt. Kirk Vining of Boeing Flight Test and Evaluation.
The 747-8 Intercontinental is the newest member of the 747 family. The aircraft, one of five Boeing jetliners that will be on display at the Paris Airshow, will be at the show until Tuesday, June 21, when it will return to flight-test activity.