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4 Steps in the Life of Boeing's 747

The 747-8

Boeing introduced the 747-8 at a ceremony this month in Everett.

"As the only airplane in the 400 to 500-seat market, the 747-8 Intercontinental will give operators an airplane perfectly suited for long, heavily traveled routes around the world," said Pat Shanahan, Boeing vice president and general manager for airplane programs, in a prepared statement.

Boeing said the 747-8 will have 12% lower costs and 16% better fuel economy than its predecessor, the 747-400. Additionally, the aircraft incorporates 787 interior features including a curved, upswept architecture, "giving passengers a greater feeling of space and comfort, while adding more room for personal belongings," Boeing said.

So far the airplane has attracted 33 orders, 20 of them from Lufthansa and five from Korean Air Lines.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C. .

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