How far we've come

I’ve never seen so many people blown away by the sight of an airplane. I was there Sunday as the new 747-8 Intercontinental was unveiled in its surprise red-orange Sunrise livery symbolizing prosperity and good luck. Instead of writing more about the premiere, I thought I’d let some “behind the scenes” pictures and a video do the talking so you can see just how far we’ve come.


It’s a little hard to see, but violin players took the stage for the big reveal.


Mike Wiegand (left) and Jeff Haber (aka “The Crazy 8’s”) from our marketing team warmed up the crowd with thunder sticks.


A proud day for Todd Zarfos, VP of Engineering for the 747-8 program.


One of the many media interviews I did over the weekend. A news organization in China even made a special mini-site for the event.


Enjoying the big day with my son Joel.


Korean Air and VIP customers have joined launch customer Lufthansa in ordering a total of 33 747-8 Intercontinentals.


Posing with 747 chief pilot Mark Feuerstein.

Comments (16)

Fabio Ferrari (Miami, FL):

Love the new colors! I can`t wait for the first flight and to see some beutiful pictures in flight over Washington. Congratulations to all at Boeing!

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Just incredible to watch, experience.

I believe you told Jon Ostrower (@Flightblogger) that the violin players (the two lone figures below the words BOEING on the 747-8I) are Nuttin But Stringz from America's Got Talent. They pretty good.

Sunrise... Awesome.

Johan (Sweden):

Very nice indeed. Congratulations to all of you at Boeing!

A question to Randy: Why is there a gap between the windows on the upper deck?

Thiagarajan K Rengasamy (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia):

Congratulations Boeing! Its just awesome to see beautiful 747-8

Randy Tinseth (Renton):


As compared to the 747-400, we added new windows to the top of the stairs to enhance the passenger experience. That gap is only on the left side because there is a closet at the top of the stairs that doesn't have a window.

David Hartze (Everett, WA):

The "Queen of the Skies" is back......powerful, bigger, and more beautiful than ever!

Paul Joldersma (Seattle, WA):

Absolutely stunning livery for a premier. Much prosperity and good luck to the 747-8i program and its customers!

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

The new 747-8 Intercontinental looks spectacular in the orange sunrise livery, the orange livery is reminiscent of the Dash-80, the predecessor to the 707. The new passenger 747-8 Intercontinental looks distinct in that it looks visibly longer from the 747-400 and the passenger windows are larger, deriving from the 777. I cannot wait to see how the interior will look like when it is completed. Congratulations to Boeing and the costumers on the 747-8.

J.E. (Ann Arbor):

Love the behind the scenes tour Randy and love the new plane. Look forward to seeing it take to the skies very soon!

Errol Wobcke (WaggaWagga (WGA); NSW; Australia):

A beautiful evolution of an already outstanding flying machine. First there will be my initial flight on this ship. Then when it exceeds its planned performance standards, aligned with its magnificent appearance continuing its 'queen of the skies' status, I expect orders to flow. Dreams? Maybe. But not always are dreams relegated to disappointment.

Thomas Horstmann, Jr. (Portland, Oregon):

Wow, what a stunning aircraft. Let's hope it delivers efficiency you guys have promised. If so, orders should start streaming in as it fills a nice void between the oversized A380 and the B777. Further, airlines can optimize profits by filling the 747 rather than running the A380 partially filed. The only time the A380 out performs the B748 is if it goes out filled, which rarely happens.

So hopefully the orders start streaming in.

jmx53 (Eugene, Oregon):

Congratulations to all involved at the Boeing company in this newest chapter of the 42+ year story of this fantastic airliner!

Great to see Joe Sutter getting recognition during the unveiling of this newest model of the 747! The memories he must have from the early days when that massive building was being completed around the first airframe as it was being assembled.

Also great to see the Boeing employees getting some recognition for their efforts during the video presentations.

I hope there will be a webcast when this beauty takes wing for the first time.

Question for Randy: Will the passenger windows of the 747-8I have the electrically darkened windows like the 787, or will they have standard window shades?

Randy Tinseth:

Thanks for the compliments! The Intercontinental has standard shades.

Keith Warth (Sydney Australia):


You guys just keep on spoiling us with wonderful new aeroplanes. Love the 747-8I and can't wait to fly on one. Beats the hell out of a A-380. Cheers keith

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

Indeed, the red-orange livery was a pleasant surprise.
I can't wait to see this magnificent bird take to the skies like a phoenix.

I hope both LH and KE will serve LAX with their 748I's!

Michael Nichelmann (Senden Bavaria Germany):

Wow !
Congratulations to Boeing on the 747-8!
The Queen is back.
The sunrise livery is terrific, wonderful!

I hope soon to fly with a 747-8 (Lufthansa).

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