Boeing’s two new 747-8 models – the Intercontinental passenger version and the Freighter version – will make their international debuts at the Paris Air Show, joining the 787 Dreamliner as highlights of the company’s presence during the show.
Also on display at the biennial aerospace exhibition, which begins on June 20 at Le Bourget, will be an Air Berlin 737-700 with the new Boeing Sky Interior; a Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200LR (the longest-range passenger jetliner in the world); the C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter; the F-15E Strike Eagle multi-role fighter jet; and the CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.
“We are excited to bring to the Paris Air Show the world’s newest and most innovative family of commercial airplanes,” Tom Downey, senior vice president, Boeing Communications, said in a statement. “We also are proud to highlight the capabilities of our defense business. We are looking forward to meeting with customers, partners, and others in the aerospace community as the industry recovery continues.”
The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jet, sporting its distinctive “Sunrise” livery, will arrive on June 19, just three months after its first flight, and will be on static display until the evening of June 21. The Boeing 747-8F will arrive on June 20 and will be on display for the following two days.
Boeing will deliver the first 747-8 freighter to Cargolux later this summer. The first 747-8 Intercontinental will be delivered in the fourth quarter to a VIP customer, and Lufthansa will be the first airline to receive a 747-8 Intercontinental in early 2012.
The 787 flight-test aircraft ZA001, featuring the full Dreamliner livery, will be on static display on June 22 and June 23. Launch customer ANA will receive its first 787 in August or September.
The Boeing military aircraft will be part of the U.S. Department of Defense display throughout the show.