Wed, Dec 14, 2011
First Delivery Expected In Early 2012
ANN has confirmed that Boeing received certification for
the new 747-8 Intercontinental from the FAA, late Wednesday.
Certification clears the way for delivery of the new airplane early
The FAA presented Boeing an Amended Type Certificate (ATC) and
the amended Production Certificate for Boeing's newest passenger
airplane, the 747-8 Intercontinental, while the European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is expected to issue its ATC for the
airplane some time Thursday. Boeing received its FAA and EASA
certificates for the 747-8 Freighter in August.
"This is a great achievement for Boeing and for the 747-8
program," said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial
Airplanes, "We look forward to delivering this fabulous airplane to
The certificates validate that the design of the 747-8
Intercontinental is compliant with all aviation regulatory
requirements and the production system can produce a safe and
reliable airplane, conforming to the airplane's design.
"Soon people around the world will fly on the newest 747," said
Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager, 747 program.
"This is a great day for our customers and for a team that has
worked incredibly hard to certify the newest version of the Queen
of the Skies."
The 747 program is now in the final stages of preparing to
deliver the first 747-8 Intercontinental early next year. The 747-8
Intercontinental reportedly provides double-digit improvements in
fuel economy and carbon emissions per passenger and generates a 30
percent smaller noise footprint than the 747-400. The new 747-8
Intercontinental features a new wing design and an upgraded flight
deck and applies 787 Dreamliner inspired interior features
including a new curved, upswept architecture giving passengers a
greater feeling of space and comfort.
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