Boeing says wins 17 747-8 orders, commitments


Boeing Co said it had taken orders and commitments for 17 747-8 Intercontinental aircraft from two undisclosed carriers in deals worth a combined US$5.4 billion at list prices.

The planemaker said one carrier committed to 15 of the passenger planes. The other carrier ordered two of the aircraft.

The deals were unveiled during the Paris Air Show yesterday as Boeing and EADS unit Airbus slug it out for orders as the market for planes continues its rebound.
“These orders for the 747-8 Intercontinental mark a major milestone for the program and demonstrate the market’s need for an airplane of its size and range,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “It will play a valuable role in further growing these carriers long-haul route networks.”

The orders bring the 747-8 Intercontinental total backlog to 50 firm aircraft, plus five from a commitment from Air China contingent on Chinese Government approval. It also brings the total 747-8 backlog, including 76 747-8 Freighters, to 126.

The 747-8 is Boeing’s biggest and most recognizable plane. It is set for first delivery to a customer later this year.

The new 747-8 Intercontinental carries 467 passengers in a three-class configuration. The airplane features a new wing design and an upgraded flight deck. The airplane interior incorporates features from the 787 Dreamliner including a new curved, upswept architecture that will give passengers a greater sense of space and comfort, while adding more room for personal belongings.