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.
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The aviation giant says that its biggest planes will support cellular calling as soon as 2013. Of course, whether you can actually make calls will be up to government officials.
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.
Approximately four-and-a-half hours after taking off on its first flight, the next-gen icon touches down at Seattle's Boeing Field.
The biggest and most fuel-efficient passenger airplane in Boeing's history begins first test flight before thousands of spectators in Washington.
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.