Back from Barbados

Just eight months after its first flight, the 747-8 Intercontinental wrapped up its certification test flights today with a Function & Reliability flight back from Barbados. This marks the second certification flight test program the 747 team has completed this year— a truly incredible achievement.

The Intercontinental was put through some grueling paces during its testing. From the hot temperatures of Arizona to cross winds in Iceland, the three test airplanes came through with flying colors as they traveled the globe.


The 747-8 Intercontinental flies over Mount Baker during its first flight back in March.

You’ll still see the Intercontinental test fleet taking to the sky over the next few months as we do some additional tests for the unique VIP and airline interior configurations. So keep your eyes out for these beauties.

Comments (12)

Daan (Hoogeveen, The Netherlands):

She is a true beauty! When can we expect her overhere in Holland?

Jerry (Bridgetown, Barbados):

It's was nice seeing her here in Barbados viewed every daylight take off and landing, magnificent beauty and engineering.

Anthony Guppy (St. Michael, Barbados):

Can you send her back? We would love to have you back again :). Maybe get in on the test flights too and have tours for the interior :)

Reco (Barbados):

Seeing her lift off for the last in her all white coating this morning around 8:10am was a sight not to be missed.

Daniel K (Sydney, Australia):

Have always loved the 747s since I was kid. Still think its the BEST looking airliner.
Really hope to see one come down to Australia!!!!

Brian (Barbados):

We were honoured with both the 787-8 and 747-8 doing certification flights here in Barbados on successive weeks, and would really love it is Barbados became a regular testing ground. And I'm sure someone will throw in a bottle of Barbados Rum as well!!

WadeH (Brookings, OR):

Hope to see her over again over the southern Oregon coast!

Russel Ahmed (Dhaka, Bangladesh):

Truly She is divine beauty 747-8. Giving the highest comfort while flying across the sky. Nice interior along with a great aerodynamic design at the wing. All the operators 747-400 would love to have more 747-8 in their fleet. Nice to know your journey to barbados. BOEING......Brand Lives within the heart of every model it builds.

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

I can't wait to see the 787-8 Intercontinental in the liveries of the airlines around the world gracing the airports of the world.

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

Could you post some pictures of the aircraft in Lufthansa livery? After all, LH was the launch customer.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Congratulations on completing this certification for the 747-8I -- that's two 747-8's and a 787-8 -- three jets certified in one year!

Thomas Horstmann, Jr. (Portland, Oregon):

Wow, what a year for Boeing! Three certifications in one year, on three AMAZING air craft! How exciting. Next up, the 787-9. Can't wait...

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