Boeing delivers first 747-8 VIP plane
Washington, February 29, 2012
Boeing on Wednesday celebrated a major achievement delivering the first of the nine 747-8 Intercontinental VIP airplanes to an undisclosed customer.
The airplane, which was delivered with a minimal interior, will enter service in 2014 after its VIP interior is installed, said Boeing.
The VIP version boasts of a 4,786 sq ft cabin. It will also include Greenpoint Technologies’ Aeroloft, located above the main cabin between the upper deck and tail of the 747-8 VIP, giving the airplane 393 sq ft of additional cabin space.
'This is a great day for Boeing,” said Jim Albaugh, the president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, describing the company feat as an effort to create a 'Queen of the Skies for the 21st Century.'
“The 747 is the most iconic airplane in the world, and I know customers are going to love what we’ve done to enhance its performance,' remaked a beaming Albaugh.
'The Intercontinental is fast, efficient and quiet, offering real savings and a great flying experience. And I believe it’s one of the most beautiful airplanes in the sky,' he added.
With Aeroloft, the VIP-configured 747-8 offers a total of 5,179 sq ft of cabin space, can carry 100 passengers and has a range of about 16,372 km.
It provides double-digit improvements in fuel burn and emissions over the 747-400, and is 30 per cent more quiet. With a normal cruise speed of Mach 0.86, it is the fastest large commercial jet.
The 747-8 VIP jet is the only large airplane in its class that fits today's airport infrastructure, giving its owners the flexibility to fly to more destinations.
Building on the current 747's capability to fly into most airports worldwide, the 747-8 VIP uses the same pilot type ratings, services and most ground support equipment.
To date, undisclosed customers have ordered nine 747-8 VIP airplanes, Albaugh added.-TradeArabia News Service