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EVERETT, Wash.--Boeing formally unveiled its 747-8 Intercontinental at a ceremony at its giant assembly plant here Sunday. The new plane features a new color scheme for Boeing: red, orange, and white.
The plane is said to fly longer and faster, and to offer carriers better cost per seat mile and better fuel efficiency than any other plane.
A look up at the plane's nose.
This says it all for Boeing: "747-8," emblazoned on the left side of the new plane.
The 747-8 freighter made its first flight a year ago. Now the Intercontinental takes the spotlight for the 747-8 program.
Other than a Coke bottle, there may be no more famous silhouette in the history of business than that of the 747. While the Intercontinental features all-new systems, it retains that iconic look.
A look at two of the plane's four General Electric GEnx-2B engines.
A look at the plane from underneath its left wing.
A look at the plane from the right side.
A look at the plane's 63-foot-high tail, emblazoned with its all-new color scheme.
Many of the thousands of people on hand at the event on Sunday were employees and family, and many of them wanted to touch the new airplane.
A look at the wing tip of the new airplane.
A look up at the rear of the plane from behind its 63-foot-high tail.
A look at the front of the Intercontinental from the left side.
The tag may go down in aviation history: N6067E, the tail number of the first 747-8 Intercontinental.
Thousands of people turned out to see the all-new airplane.
A look straight up at the tail from underneath the plane.
A look at the plane's tail from the right side.
A look at the plane's landing gear. All told, the plane has 18 wheels.
In the video booth for the event, a screen shows several different camera views of the plane.
A view of the plane from just in front and to the left.
A look at one of the GEnx-2B engines from behind.
Some of the thousands of people on hand for the event today are reflected in the shiny paint of the plane's underside.
Joe Sutter, the "father of the 747," was an honored guest at the Sunday event. Here, Sutter (on the right) looks at the new airplane.
The shadow of the new plane is seen on the hangar-bay door of the Everett assembly plant.
A look at the right back side of the plane.
A low angle shot of the plane's front left side.
The son of a Boeing employee poses for a picture in front of one of the plane's landing gear.
A straight on look at one of the plane's landing gear.
Thousands of people are seen admiring the new airplane at the Sunday event at Boeing's Everett assembly plant.
The left rear side of the plane.
A look up at the plane from underneath its left front side.
This is a scale model of the Intercontinental featuring the livery of Lufthansa, the launch customer for the plane.
This is a scale model of the Intercontinental featuring the livery of Korean Air, one of two carriers to preorder the plane.
This is a scale model of the Intercontinental featuring the livery of Boeing Business Jets, which ordered several of the planes for private buyers.