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.
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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.