Boeing and Air China Sign Deal for 747-8 Intercontinentals
According to Boeing, Air China is the first Chinese carrier to contract the passenger version of the new, fuel-efficient 747-8. Air China will use the airplanes to expand its international routes.
The new 747-8 Intercontinental carries 467 passengers in a three-class configuration. The airplane features a new wing design and an upgraded flight deck. The airplane interior incorporates features from the 787 Dreamliner including a new curved, upswept architecture that will give passengers a greater sense of space and comfort, while adding more room for personal belongings. The architecture will be accentuated by lighting technology that provides smooth transitions for a more restful flight.
Using 787-technology GEnx-2B engines, the airplane will be quieter, produce lower emissions and achieve better fuel economy than any competing jetliner. It also increases cargo volume by 26 percent.
He Li, vice president of Air China, said: â€œAir China has been operating 747s since the 1980s. The new, high capacity Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental will deliver exceptional economics and a great flying experience to our customers.â€
Marlin Dailey, vice president of sales and marketing for commercial airplanes at Boeing, said: â€œThe technologically advanced 747-8 Intercontinental will deliver improved operating economics, efficiency and environmental performance in support of Air China's continued growth.
â€œAir China has become one of the fastest growing airlines in the world and today is one of the world's largest carriers. We're proud to be part of their success and look forward to continuing our long and enduring partnership."
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