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The aviation giant handed over the first next-gen passenger 747 today to an "undisclosed" VIP buyer. Boeing expects to deliver the first commercial 747-8 Intercontinental soon.
The aviation giant says the all-new, next-generation version of its iconic plane has passed a crucial test, and assuming it passes the last ones remaining in the next few days, the plane should take to the air for the first time on Sunday.
Road Trip 2011: CNET got a chance to see the interior of the not-quite-yet ready for prime time jumbo jet, the next generation of Boeing's flagship jumbo jet.
At 9:58 a.m. Pacific time on Sunday, the first 747-8 Intercontinental took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash.
A previous version of this story misidentified the aircraft that experienced a series of delays, including an onboard fire. Those delays hit the 787 Dreamliner.
With good weather in the Seattle area, the next generation of the aviation giant's most iconic plane is slated for a 10 a.m. PT first flight today. CNET is on hand for full coverage.
The biggest and most fuel-efficient passenger airplane in Boeing's history begins first test flight before thousands of spectators in Washington.
The aerospace heavyweight formally unveils the next generation of its iconic jumbo jet. Despite modest sales, Boeing is confident the plane will carry on the 747's famous legacy.
With thousands of employees, customers, and press on hand, Boeing reveals its next-gen 747. And it's chosen a whole new corporate color scheme.
At press event in Everett, Wash., Boeing exec says she expects the next-gen 747's first flight to be early spring, and that it'll be delivered to customers starting in fourth quarter.