Boeing will unveil its newest and largest passenger jet, the 747-8 Intercontinental, in ceremonies at its Everett plant Feb. 13.
The 747-8 is the fourth generation of the original jumbo jet. It replaces the 747-400 in Boeing’s airliner lineup.
The 747-8 Intercontinental is 18.3 feet longer than the 747-400. In a three-class configuration, the plane can carry 467 passengers, 51 more than the 747-400 in the same seating setup.
The aircraft is powered by modified versions of the General Electric engines that power Boeing’s smaller 787 Dreamliner.
The new airliner is expected to have an unrefueled range of 9,200 miles. It’s the only aircraft currently offered in the 400-500-seat category.
Boeing brags that the plane will have costs 13 percent lower per seat-mile than the 747-400 and 26 percent greater cargo capacity.
Despite having the 400-seat niche to itself, the plane has been a slow seller in its passenger version with just 33 on order.
Lufthansa is the largest customer, with 20 ordered.