Ahead of plan

December promises to be another month of milestones here at Boeing. This week we reached 90% design for the 747-8 Intercontinental.

The program releases the detailed designs in order to begin building parts, assemblies and tools for the 747-8I, the passenger version of the airplane.


An image of the 747-8 Intercontinental.

One of the great stories here is that we reached this important point a week and a half ahead of the plan we laid out a year ago for the program. What that says is that we’re learning some good lessons on the 747-8 Freighter. We’ve been able to change the way we approached the design of the Intercontinental.

After the 747-8 Freighter design effort, the program studied ways to improve the process. Those improvements gave the program greater visibility on all steps in the engineering development, and that helped the program quickly identify areas that needed extra focus.

Bottom line is that we’re in a better place on the Intercontinental. The program’s goal now is to keep up the progress and carry it over to production which is planned to begin the middle of next year.

Comments (17)

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Congratulations to all involved. All eyes on the 787 and 747-8F now. The 747-8F is carrying an unusually high cargo load of expectations for the Intercontinental. And unsurprising at that, seeing that the 747 family is used to carrying over 50% of global air freight. Well done.

Chris C (South Africa):

Excellent news! Congratulations and well done!
The 747-8I is a truly phenomenal airplane, period.

Hernán Saldaña (Lima, Peru):

Congratulations on achieving this milestone!!

Randy, what will be the production rate for the Intercontinental? And for the Freighter? Any new orders up in the horizon for the Intercontinental? I do hope so because Lufthansa does not fly to Lima and I definitely want to fly it!!!

Jason (USA):

I'm glad Boeing maintained the distinctive 747 look, and we look forward to seeing this beautiful bird in the sky. Being on-board would be even better!

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

The 777 is an awesome wide-body and so were DC-10, MD-11, etc. Granted, there is something magical about flying on the 747. I am glad that the magic will continue on long haul flights for another quarter century.

Mark (Sydney Australia):

2010 is going to be Boeing's time back in the sun!!!

The time and effort put into R & D at Boeing speaks volumes for the quality of the product.

Vero Venia:

Call me weird if you wish, but my obsession of the day is Japan and the travel between Japan and the US, especially Hawaii.

Interestingly, I have just found out that at Honolulu, "Internationally Japan is the dominant market. Two-thirds of international seats are heading either for Nagoya, Osaka Kansai or Tokyo Narita with services provide by Air Japan, China Airlines, JALways, Northwest or United. Narita alone is served with 61 weekly departures with Japanese carriers operating twice as many flights as US carriers. (quoted from Wikipedia)

I just can't help seeing some 747-8i on this route. Why? I do not know.

My blog: http:// Vero Venia

alexandar (oakland):

It is great to have positive news. After flying the 748F, I hope Boeing will find further improvements so that the 748i will find its edge against the ever improving A388.

Angel (Murcia (Spain)):

Fantastic news,

First, the progress in the program 747, closer to begin test flights of the freighter version and of course congratulations on the recent order of 5 units 747-8I, commissioned by Korean Air.

A big hug to the entire Boeing family.

Hernán Saldaña (Lima, Peru):

I just found out about the Korean Air deal for 5 Intercontinentals!!! Kudos to Boeing and keep them coming!!

Scott Putnam (Redding, CA):

Congratulations to you and entire marketing/sales team on the Korean Airlines order! Truly fantastic news!

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

Great news indeed! The 747-8I is indeed an ideal choice for the transpacific market.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Korean Air! Congratulations.

This story needs an official press release*

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

Congrats on the progress made on the 747-8 Intercontinental, the queen of the skies is reborn for the next generation.

T.Rennie (wellington,nz.g):

Good stuff Korean air ,u made the right decision,and thanks to the Boeing family for their hard work on the 7478f and 7478i. Soon other airlines will follow and true to say 2010 will be BOEINGS.. because the Dreamliner.,7478f the freight king.,7478i queen of the horizon will all be flying.excellent work Boeing....

Azamiruddin (Kedah, Malaysia):

Congratulation to development team at Boeing USA and all Supplier Quality team all over the world. We must get these aircraft (787 & 747-8) airborne at soonest possible.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

Congratulations on the progress made on the 747-8 Intercontinental, it won't be long until we see the the 747-8 grace the skies.

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