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Boeing loaded the first 747-8 Intercontinental's forward and aft fuselage sections to join with the wing and center section this week in Everett.
Boeing loaded the first 747-8 Intercontinental's forward and aft fuselage sections into position for final body join with the wing and center section this week in Everett, the company announced Friday.
"It is a major step toward completing the structural integration and building out our all-new interior," Pat Shanahan, vice president and general manager of Airplane Programs in Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a news release. "We now have the first real look at the size and distinctive shape of the 747-8 Intercontinental. This is going to be a superb airplane for our customers both from an aesthetic and a performance perspective."
The 747-8 Intercontinental is the passenger version of Boeing's new stretch 747. The 747-8 Freighter is in flight testing and scheduled for delivery to launch customer Cargolux in the middle of the year.
Boeing plans to deliver the first 747-8 Intercontinental to a VIP customer late next year. The company has orders for 33 747-8 Intercontinentals and 76 Freighters.