The first new Boeing 747s emerged Monday from a paint hangar at the company's Everett plant flying the colors of Cargolux, its first launch customer.
In fact, all of the first 747-8s out the door will be for freight customers, unlike past generations of the popular plane, which served airline passengers.
Boeing is testing the latest generation of 747s now. It expects to deliver the first one to Cargolux before year’s end.
The new 747 has more efficient engines, a new flight deck and new wings to give it a fuel-efficiency edge.
Of the 108 new 747-8s customers have ordered, 76 are for the freighter version of the aircraft. Cargolux has ordered 13.
Boeing employs about 72,000 people in the Puget Sound region.