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Boeing Debuts 747-8 Aircraft

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

09 June 2011


Boeing's two new 747-8 airplane models – the Intercontinental passenger version and the Freighter version – are making their international debuts at the Paris Air Show, joining an example of the not-yet-launched 787 Dreamliner.

Other models being exhibited by Boeing at the Air Show include an Air Berlin 737-700 with the new Boeing Sky Interior, a Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200LR – the longest-range passenger jetliner in the world, the C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter, the F-15E Strike Eagle multi-role fighter jet, and the CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. The Air Show runs from June 20 until June 26, 2011.

"We are excited to bring to the Paris Air Show the world's newest and most innovative family of commercial airplanes," said Tom Downey, Senior Vice President at Boeing Communications. "We also are proud to highlight the capabilities of our defence business. We are looking forward to meeting with customers, partners, and others in the aerospace community as the industry recovery continues."

The 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jet, sporting its distinctive "Sunrise" livery, will arrive on June 19, just three months after its first flight, and be on static display until the evening of June 21. The 747-8 Freighter will arrive June 20 and be on display for the following two days.

Boeing will deliver the first 747-8 freighter to Cargolux later this summer. The first 747-8 Intercontinental will be delivered in the fourth quarter to a VIP customer, and Lufthansa will be the first airline to receive an Intercontinental in early 2012.

The 787 flight-test airplane ZA001 featuring the full Dreamliner livery will be on static display on June 22 until 23. Launch customer All Nippon Airways will receive its first 787 in August or September 2011.

The Boeing military aircraft will be part of the US Department of Defense display throughout the show.

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