Ready for its close-up

Dateline: Dublin

Greetings from Dublin, Ireland where I’m attending the European Airfinance Conference. The aviation finance world converges here every year to see what’s on the horizon for 2011 and beyond.

For us, 2011 will be a huge year especially for our 747-8 program. In fact, the new kid in town is set to make its world premiere during a big event next month. The 747-8 Intercontinental, the largest passenger plane Boeing has ever built, will be unveiled on February 13. We’ll even feature a live webcast of the event. It’s another important milestone for the 747 team as we prepare to deliver both the 747-8 Freighter and the Intercontinental this year.

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747-8 Intercontinental in Korean Air livery.

I had the honor of speaking with our 747-8 employees during their recent all-team meeting in Everett. In front of a packed house, I talked about the dynamics of the market and our plan to position the 747-8 Intercontinental now that airlines are starting to build up their wide-body fleets.

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A packed house at the 747-8 all-team meeting

But the most thrilling moment of this gathering came when we played a video of the team’s accomplishments during 2010. Set to some music that’s sure to get your adrenaline pumping, check out the highlights including the first flight of the 747-8 Freighter, a stall test, and time lapse from the 747-8 Intercontinental assembly line.

Comments (4)

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

The new 747-8 Intercontinental is going to be something spectacular to see.

Chris C (South Africa):

Quite simply, the 747 is the world's greatest commercial airplane, period! The 747-8 is the pinnacle of airborne excellence and elegance, and I'm absolutely sure that both the -8I and -8F will see significant interest and orders in the months and years ahead.

Looking very forward to viewing the premiere of the -8I and best of success with the on-going sales campaigns!

Christopher J. Musolino (Bellevue, WA, USA):

The 747 has finally grown into the airplane it was always meant to be with the designs of the 747-8F and 747-8I. Keep up the great work on these fantastic airplanes.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

All smiles event lined up no doubt. Been wondering since school what it will look like. Got a lot of history to match with a single coat of paint.

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