Boeing's new twin 747-8 variants are set to make their international debut at the 2011 Paris air show, 42 years after the first 747-100 made its first introduction to the world at the biennial aerospace gathering in 1969.

Both the 747-8 Intercontinental, which has been in flight testing since 20 March, and the 747-8 Freighter, flying since February 2010, will visit Le Bourget along with the first 787, ZA001, an Air Berlin 737-700 with the Sky Interior and a Qatar Airways 777-200LR.

Boeing will bring its bespoke red, white, orange and gray "Sunrise" livery-painted 747-8I, RC001, to Le Bourget from 09:00 local time 19 June to the evening of 21 June. The 747-8F will follow on 20 June and will depart 22 June, while the 787 will be on display on 22 and 23 June.

Boeing will deliver its first 747-8F to Cargolux "later this summer", a change in the company's previous classification of "mid-year" as it seeks to maintain the schedule within the previous guidance.

The first "green" 747-8I delivery a VIP completion centre is expected in the fourth quarter, with first airline customer Lufthansa set to receive its first aircraft in early 2012.

Japan's All Nippon Airways is due to receive its first 787 in August or September.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news