Boeing mechanics joined the forward and aft fuselage sections with the wing and center section of the first 747-8 Intercontinental in Everett, Wash., this week.
“Final body join is an important milestone for the 747 program,” said Pat Shanahan, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president and general manager of airplane programs. “It is a major step toward completing the structural integration and building out our all-new interior. We now have the first real look at the size and distinctive shape of the 747-8 Intercontinental.”
The 747-8 fuselage measures 250 feet, 2 inches in length–18 feet, 4 inches longer than the 747-400. The stretch allows for another 51 seats, raising passenger capacity to 467 in a typical three-class configuration. The airplane also offers 26 percent more cargo volume.
Scheduled for first delivery late next year to a VIP customer, the Intercontinental has drawn firm orders for 33 examples. Together, the 747-8 Freighter and Intercontinental have collected firm orders for 109 units. Boeing expects to deliver the first Freighter version by the middle of this year.