Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental Scheduled for First Flight This Weekend

Boeing has announced that the first flight of their largest airliner, the 747-8 Intercontinental, could take off on Sunday.

"The team continues to do great work to get the 747-8 Intercontinental into the air," said Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager of the 747 program in a release. "It'll be a great day for the team when the airplane flies."

The 747-8 is the newest aircraft in the 747 jumbo jet family and incorporates advanced technology and materials to make it the most fuel efficient 747 to date. The Intercontinental was stretched over 18 feet from the 747-400, which will allow it to carry up to 467 passengers in a 3-class configuration.

The interior of the new airplane will be updated with customizable LED lighting, larger windows and improved overhead bins.

Boeing has 38 orders for the new airplane with 20 from Lufthansa, five from Korean Air and five from Air China according to a March 7 announcement.

There will be a live webcast of the first flight out of Everett, WA when the Boeing 747-8 takes off.

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