Boeing has begun the fuselage assembly of the first 747-8 Intercontinental at the factory in Everett, Washington. Mechanics loaded panels for the 31-foot, 8-inch (9.6 m) long front section of the new 747 airplane into the assembly tool. The panels are part of section 41, the area of the fuselage that houses the flight deck on the upper deck and the forward passenger cabin on the main deck, an area that most airlines typically configure with first class seating.
The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is the new, high-capacity 747 that offers airlines the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large passenger airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. Boeing has 109 orders for the 747-8 — 33 for the 747-8 Intercontinental and 76 for the 747-8 Freighter. The first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is scheduled to deliver in late 2011.