Hang on

Four beautiful GEnx-2B engines now grace the very first 747-8 Freighter. Mechanics completed the job of hanging the engines on the new 747’s wings last Friday.

With this milestone, the 747-8 is approximately 90% assembled. Most of the remaining work is in Systems installation.


Engines on the wings of 747-8 Airplane #1 in the Everett factory.

We’ve been working toward this moment since the beginning of 2006 when we first announced our suppliers for the 747-8 propulsion system.

Boeing worked very closely with GE Aviation, Middle River Aircraft Systems and Spirit AeroSystems over the past several years to develop and certify the new GEnx-2B.


GE has conducted more than 1,500 hours of ground tests and 100 hours of flight testing on the new engine. As you may know, the GEnx-2B is based on the GEnx engine launched with the 787, but is designed for the 747-8 – with a rated 66,500 pounds of thrust.


From left to right: 747 mechanics Donald Knudson, Mike Millenaar, Scott Asher and Arnie Lightenberg install the left-hand inboard GEnx-2B engine on the first 747-8.

With the new engines the 747-8 Freighter will be 17% more fuel efficient than the 747-400 Freighter, with a 17% reduction in carbon emissions. The 747-8 will also have a 30% smaller noise footprint than its predecessor - QC2-compliant for both departure and arrival.


Click on the image above to see an updated video of the 747-8 Freighter’s progress up to power on.

We’re on target for a first flight for the 747-8 Freighter in the fourth quarter of this year. So hang on, it’s going to be a great ride.

Comments (11)

Chris C (South Africa):

Absolutely phenomenal! The 747-8 is truly the world's greatest commercial airplane, period! Very exciting times ahead, indeed. Roll on first flight!

TC (Mt.Vernon, WA):

Wavy gravy fan blades. That engine sure would look nice on a 767-300F with the 18" taller landing gear and wing of the 767-400.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

That does look fine indeed. Awesome titanium-tipped beautiful aerodynamic shaped carbon blades. Looks like the pylons are going to be smaller too.

That is a fine airplane.

Ankih Fre (Seattle Washington):

Wow, good job on the building of the first 747-8. I cannot wait for the 747-8 Intercontinental.

Michael Nielsen (Herning, Denmark):

"I cannot wait for the 747-8 Intercontinental."

Lufthansa agrees with you I presume :-) - already more than one year late.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

The 747-8 looks spectacular with the new GEnx engines, now the new 747 looks distinct from all other 747s by the wide chord fan blades.

Siegfried Hess (Plant II):

All I can say is GooseBumps!! What a phenomenal job Boeing does each and every day. To the doubters and naysayers in the press I say - Look what education, hard work, teaming, and a positive outlook can accomplish. You have seen nothing yet!!

Amy (Houston, TX):

It's so GREEEEN!

Please keep us posted. We do enjoy hearing about the good stuff.

John S. (Holt, Michigan):

"We’re on target for a first flight for the 747-8 Freighter in the fourth quarter of this year."

It'll be a race to see which airframe can get the GEnx engine in the air first, the 787 or the 747-8

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

Finally, a stretched 747!

No other commercial airliner has captivated the minds of aviation enthusiasts all over the world like the 747. With the arrival of -8, it will continue to do so for many more years to come.

Thiaga (Malaysia):

Dear Sir

Its indeed a spectacular plane and looking fwd to its first flight. Pls keep us posted on both 747-8 and 787.

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