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Look inside Boeing's 747-8 Intercontinental (photos)

Road Trip 2011: At the Paris Air Show, CNET got a look inside the next-generation of Boeing's flagship jumbo jet.

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747-8 Intercontinental International debut

PARIS--The newest version of Boeing's flagship jumbo jet, the 747, made its international debut on Monday. Dubbed the 747-8 Intercontinental, the plane is more fuel efficient than any other passenger plane in the world and has an all-new aerodynamic wing design, as well as four GEnx-2B67 engines that produce 66,500 pounds of thrust.

In this gallery, CNET brings you a rare look at the interior of the new plane. It's certainly not ready for prime time, or even airline customers, but it sure is interesting to look at.

Here, we see the 747-8 I, as it's called, sitting on the tarmac at Le Bourget, home to the Paris Air Show.

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Flight deck

This is the flight deck of the 747-8 I. While there are a few tweaks to the existing 747-400 cockpit design, Boeing decided to leave things very much as they have been so that airlines don't need to fully retrain their pilots to fly the new plane. Instead, they need just three days of instruction to get ready to pilot the Intercontinental.

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Boeing chief pilot explains

Here, Boeing chief pilot Mark Feuerstein explains some of the features of the flight deck of the 747-8 I to CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman.

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Top level

The upper deck of the 747-8 Intercontinental is as long as an entire 737-700, Boeing says. Here, we see the upper deck on the first 747-8 I as it looks at the Paris Air Show--without seats, but with its luggage bins and lighting installed.

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Ceiling

On this 747-8 I, the full interior fixtures have not yet been installed, and visitors can see the ceiling of the plane above the luggage bins. This plane will eventually be fully outfitted as a VIP plane by Boeing Business Jets.

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Captain rest cabin

One of the chief advantages of the 747-8 I, according to Boeing chief pilot Mark Feuerstein, is that there is a bathroom and rest quarters behind the flight deck door. This means that pilots will not need to open the door to the cockpit in order to go to the rest room, something that should increase security and allow pilots to not have to wait until service is finished before getting up.

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Feuerstein posing

Capt. Feuerstein poses for a picture in the cockpit of the first 747-8 Intercontinental.

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Checklist

Here, we see the electronic checklist, one of the new digital additions to the 747-8 I's flight deck.

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Moving map

This is the moving map, another new digital addition to the 747-8 Intercontinental.

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Equipment

The 747-8 Intercontinental that flew to the Paris Air Show is the first of the new line and hasn't yet been outfitted with normal seats. In fact, it is still full of testing equipment and water tanks used to distribute weight.

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Main deck

This is a view of the main deck of the 747-8 I, including the many water tanks used to distribute weight around the plane in the absence of hundreds of passengers.

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Crew cabin

In the very rear of the plane, there is an eight-bunk crew rest area.

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Down the stairs

This is a look down the stairs from the upper deck of the new 747-8 I.

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Wing

This is a look at the 747-8 I's new, highly aerodynamic wing, as seen from the inside of the plane.

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Left outside

This is a view of the left exterior side of the 747-8 I, as seen from the main door to the cabin.

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Left exterior nose

This is a look at the nose of the airplane, as seen from the stairs just outside the airplane.

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Nose interior

This is a look at the interior of the nose section of the 747-8 I.

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Map on digital display

On the right side of the flight deck, a digital display shows a map of Le Bourget, the airfield where the 747-8 I made its international debut Monday.

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Equipment screen

This is a screen built into the back of a piece of test equipment for the plane.

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Upper deck with people

Here, we see another look at the upper deck of the 747-8 I, this time with people in it to give perspective.

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View from the cockpit

At the Paris Air Show, the 747-8 I has a spectacular view, including a military C-130 on the right, and in the background on the left, a Korean Air Airbus A380.

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