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Why would Boeing design a mid-wing, twinjet, double-decker 747?

Breguet’s range equation is a cruel tyrant. The fuel-efficiency conscious airframe designer has only three levers — weight, thrust and aerodynamics — to pull, and yanking one often complicates things for the other two. At the concept stage, however, it still helps to tug upon one of Breguet’s levers, just to see what happens. So […]

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How reliable so far is the 747-8?

Photo courtesy of Boeing Six months after entry-into-service of the 747-8 Freighter, we now have the first hard indications of the new type’s technical dispatch reliability, a rating that measures the number of flights canceled because of a technical problem with the aircraft. It does not count cancellations due to weather or staffing delays. With […]

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Lufthansa pegs Dulles as first 747-8 destination (update1)

Lufthansa has announced Washington, DC’s Dulles International Airport will be the German airline’s first destination for its 747-8 Intercontinental, which will be delivered around April 23, according to Lufthansa Technik. The company did not specify a date for the aircraft’s planned daily operation from it Frankfurt base to Dulles, but will replace its 747-400 on […]

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Photos of Note: Flyaway of the first 747-8 Intercontinental

SEATTLE — Even on its delivery flight, the identity of the first 747-8 Intercontinental was well hidden. Air traffic controllers in the Pacific Northwest knew they were looking at A7-HHE, but as a private business jet, the aircraft’s flight plan to Vancouver to clear export customs was blocked on Flightaware.  Despite the worst-kept-secret nature of […]

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First 747-8 Intercontinental set for Tuesday delivery (Update4)

SEATTLE — While no official confirmation exists beyond a very telling Qatari registration, the Government of Qatar Amiri Flight will take delivery of the first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental today.  The aircraft, registered A7-HHE, the prefix denoting a Qatar registered aircraft, will depart Paine Field in Everett, Washington around noon pacific time enroute to a business […]

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Photos of Note: Lufthansa’s first 747-8 takes flight

EVERETT — Sometimes running late pays off.  I was zipping out the door this morning for the last day of the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance conference in Lynnwood and running a few minutes late (as those who know me I am sometimes prone to be) when Lufthansa’s first 747-8 taxied into position on Runway 16R […]

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A touch of truth and humor for Everett’s most famous residents

Submitted without comment. Levity courtesy of reader WingBender: Meet the Boeing family of wide body jetliners787: She is drop-dead gorgeous, she has all the “right” friends, and all the boys want to date her. She loves spending time at the spa, and she is addicted to social media. Predictably, she is a drama queen. Every […]

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Flutter concern prompts 747-8 tail fuel tank deactivation

Its first delivery of the 747-8 Intercontinental internally slated for February, Boeing is locking out the tail fuel tanks of its new jumbo after a structural flutter was found to occur in the event of a certain structural fitting failure. FULL STORY “Boeing certified the 747-8 Intercontinental with the tail fuel tanks locked out because […]

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Boeing books 805 commercial orders, delivers 477 in 2011

Boeing has reported its orders and delivery totals for 2011, confirming the 9 747-8 and 3 787 deliveries in 2011. In addition, the company reports that 737 Max commitments have topped 1,000 from 15 customers, though still holds only one firm order for 150 from Southwest Airlines, which receives its first re-engined 737 in fourth […]

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Boeing completes 747-8I certification flight testing (Update3)

Boeing has completed certification flight testing on its 747-8 Intercontinental test fleet, the company confirms, setting the jumbo on a path to US Federal Aviation Administration approval later this quarter. After flying from Barbados to Houston today, the aircraft marked the completion of its systems functionality and reliability (F&R) flight testing, the final phase of […]

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