Boeing has delivered the first 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jet outfitted in airline configuration to Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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The first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, which was delivered on February 28 with a minimal interior, will enter service in 2014 after its VIP interior is installed.

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The FAA awarded Boeing an Amended Type Certificate and the amended Production Certificate for the 747-8 Intercontinental on December 14. Certification clears the way for deliveries of Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental jets to customers from early next year.

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Boeing and Lufthansa are conducting pre-delivery testing of the new 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jumbo at Lufthansa’s main operations base at Frankfurt Airport from December 6 to December 9.

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The manufacturer values Arik Air’s Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental order at $635 million at list prices. The order for the two aircraft was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s website.

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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.

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The aircraft and its crew arrived at Le Bourget on June 19 at 9:30 a.m. Paris time after an approximately 10-hour flight from Seattle.

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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.

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The pilots flying the first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jet on its maiden flight say the aircraft was so well-prepared for the flight, and performed so flawlessly throughout, that after landing it could have taken off again immediately for another flight.

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Boeing’s first 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jet touched down at Boeing Field in Seattle at 2:25 p.m. local time on March 20, 2011 after completing a 4 hour 26 minute maiden flight.

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Boeing’s new jumbo – the longest and heaviest passenger jet the company has ever produced – took off at 9:58:41 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on March 20, using the flight number Boeing 008 Heavy. The aircraft left the ground after a take-off roll of just over 20 seconds.

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The 747-8I is scheduled to take off on its first flight at or after 10:00 a.m. from Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Boeing’s plans for the first flight call for the aircraft to land at Boeing Field near downtown Seattle, some 40 miles away from Everett, at 3:00 p.m. at the conclusion of the flight.

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Air China signed the deal at the Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress 2011 in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Hong Kong Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding declaring its intention to expand its fleet with six 777 Freighters, 30 Boeing 787-9s and two 787-8 Intercontinental VIP aircraft.

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These videos and photos were captured by Matt Mills, www.AirlinesAndDestinations’ technical lead, from the official unveiling of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental passenger version of the 747-8I on February 13, 2011.

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According to Pat Shanahan, vice president and general manager of airplane programs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing decided to paint the new 747-8I red and orange rather than blue because throughout the world those colors commonly symbolize progress, prosperity and fortune.

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Boeing has completed the power-on sequence in the first 747-8 Intercontinental passenger aircraft, a program milestone which enables the company to begin functional tests on the aircraft during its assembly.

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Boeing has taken a significant step toward completing assembly of the first 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jet, with mechanics at Boeing’s widebody final-assembly plant in Everett, Washington loading the aircraft’s forward and aft fuselage sections to join with its wing and center section.

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