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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 decision by U.S. and European officials to certify Boeing's 747-8 Freighter means the aircraft now can begin commercial cargo flights.
Before thousands of fans and company heavyweights at Seattle's Boeing Field, the aviation giant's next-generation 747 made its first landing. Now comes a wide variety of tests and, the company hopes, first commercial delivery later this year.
At 9:58 a.m. Pacific time on Sunday, the first 747-8 Intercontinental took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash.
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.
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.
The next-generation passenger version of the iconic jumbo jet is set to be unveiled Sunday. Designed to be highly fuel-efficient, the plane uses 787 engines. Stay tuned all weekend for CNET coverage.
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.
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.
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.