Boeing’s 747-8 get’s thumbs-up: Don’t tell Airbus a380

By Peter Chubb - Feb 10, 2010

Boeing have been coming under increasing pressure from Airbus in recent times, and the launch of the a380 has certainly made the 747 look a bit dated. However, Boeing is not ones to stand around and have now upgraded the much-loved Jumbo and launched the 747-8.

The new plane has now undergone its first flight, and the chief test pilot has given it a thumbs-up. The upgraded plane is larger than its predecessor, it can hold more passengers, go further and is much quieter, but is that enough to persuade airlines to part with their money and put an order in?

According to the Seattle Times Newspaper, the new 747-8 was in the air for 3 hours and 39 minutes, and the planned tests were accomplished. Although the plane looks large as it trundles down the runway once in the sky it looks very graceful.

The program is now a year behind, and in that time the Airbus a380 has been doing well, with many airlines putting their orders in. It is thought that not many passenger versions will be sold each year, but we could see a number of freight companies putting their orders in.

The new Boeing 747-8 is 18 feet longer and 13 feet wider, and the new wing design helps to give the plane more lift. The engines are more powerful and more economical and are based on the Dreamliner GEnx engines. To learn more visit Seattle Times Newspaper.

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  • Dru

    I think he meant doing well in terms of beating the 747-8 in orders since the A380 has won every contest between the two and the only airlines to order the passenger version of the 747-8 also ordered the A380. He may also have been referring to the fact that the A380 has exceeded all performance requirements with pretty high customer satisfaction. Neither aircraft will accumulate orders like the 787 and A350 have, the market isn’t there.

  • Magila

    Heinrich is correct in fact the A-380 has suffered delivery deferrals from more than half it’s remaining customers in the past year, while taking only one order from Vietnam which is negotiating with Airbus for a new engineering and production facility.(Quid Pro Quo) Some A-380 customers want to cancel their orders all together, but are stuck with contracts that include massive cancellation penalties. All this may not mean that passenger 747’s will outsell the bigger A-380 but it is interesting that cargo airlines are flocking to the 747-8F (75 orders) over the A380F (Zero orders).

  • Heinrich Grossbongardt

    “The program is now a year behind, and in that time the Airbus a380 has been doing well, with many airlines putting their orders in.”

    No, folks the A380 has not done well at all. After a surge of orders in the early stage is now has proven to be a real slow seller.