On the first day of the 2011 Paris Airshow, the Boeing Company has announced orders and commitments for 17 747-8 Intercontinentals.
The manufacturer says the orders have been placed by two undisclosed customers, and values the combined deals at $5.4 billion at list prices. One carrier has committed to 15 of the new passenger version of the 747-8, while another carrier placed an order for two, Boeing says.
“These orders for the 747-8 Intercontinental mark a major milestone for the program and demonstrate the market’s need for an airplane of its size and range,” says Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “It will play a valuable role in further growing these carriers long-haul route networks.”
The orders bring the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental total backlog to 50 firm aircraft, plus five from a commitment from Air China contingent on Chinese Government approval. It also brings the total 747-8 backlog, including 76 747-8 Freighters, to 126.
The new 747-8 Intercontinental carries 467 passengers in a three-class configuration. The aircraft features a new wing design and an upgraded flight deck.
Boeing says the 747-8I’s interior incorporates features from the 787 Dreamliner including a new curved, upswept architecture that will give passengers a greater sense of space and comfort, while adding more room for personal belongings. The architecture will be accentuated by lighting technology intended to provide smooth lighting transitions for a more restful flight.
The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is powered by 787-technology GEnx-2B engines,. Boeing claims the aircraft will be quieter, produce lower emissions and achieve better fuel economy than any competing jetliner.
It claims the 747-8 Intercontinental is more than 10 per cent lighter per seat than the Airbus A380 and consumes 11 per cent less fuel per passenger. That translates into a trip-cost reduction of 21 percent and a seat-mile cost reduction of more than 6 percent compared to the A380, according to Boeing.