Tuesday, May 21, 2013

PHOTO: Boeing completes latest 747-8 Intercontinental test flight


Test flight for Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental [Photo: Boeing]
Test flight for Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental [Photo: Boeing]
Here's some exciting news about the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, as a special flight has just been completed to test a new package of performance improvements, including the all-important enhanced GE engines.

With Boeing Flight Test and Evaluation Captain Kirk Vining and Chief Pilot Capt. Mark Feuerstein at the controls, the airplane took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. at 1:30 p.m. local time and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle approximately four hours later.

"It was a great flight and the engines performed as expected," said Capt. Vining. "This is an important milestone for the flight test programme."

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The Performance Improvement Package (PIP) includes improvements to the GEnx-2B engines and Flight Management Computer (FMC) software, designed to improve the aircraft’s fuel efficiency.

Boeing's efforts to improve the 747-8 family have resulted in an accumulated 1.5 percent gain in fuel efficiency since the first airplane was delivered less than two years ago.

These new improvements will give operators an airplane that is an additional 1.8 percent more efficient, according to the manufacturer.

"These improvements are a part of our commitment to continually improve our great airplanes for our customers," said Eric Lindblad, vice president and general manager of the 747 programme. "Improving fuel efficiency by another 1.8 percent saves the airlines approximately one million dollars per year in fuel per airplane and reduces the carbon footprint."

The new configuration will first deliver in early 2014 and be available for retrofit. Entry into service of the new engines and FMC software will take place in late 2013.

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9 comments :

  1. I thought they already had all the tests done?

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    1. Hi Matthew, this was for some new performance improvements.

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    2. Yes it was to improve the performance of the aircraft to make it more appealing to the customers.

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  2. Love the 747 .. The real queen of the skies!

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  3. I would like to see more airlines order this aircraft, because, it has more capacity and add full flat seats both first and business and also to add premium economy seat.

    For long run, it will profit to airlines. Just compare with B777-300ER or newly introducing A350.

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  4. I love 747, but A380 became the queen of the skies

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  5. I'd like to see some pics of the B-747-8, in the cabin and cockpit areas. If you find any, post them up and give us a peek at things to come for Boeing. Of course, the A-380, will give the Boeing jet some stiff competition!

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    1. Stephen K DavionMay 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      James, I found a link which has some images ... go check it http://www.aerospace-technology.com/projects/boeing-747-8/

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  6. Stephen K DavionMay 26, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    The competition between B747-8 & A380 is like a tough-of-war ... but each are leaders in their own way of building aircraft. As a Boeing lover, I feel like B747-8 is the ultimate winner ... what you say?? 

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