Boeing did not bend to heavy lobbying from Emirates for a shorter stretch with greater range and said yesterday that it completed "firm configuration" of the 747-8 Intercontinental. The airframe will be stretched 5.6 m. (18.3 ft.) with a range of approximately 8,000 nm. (14,815 km.). Emirates had sought a 3.6-m. stretch with a range of 8,300-8,400 nm. (ATWOnline, Nov. 6). The firm configuration designation marks "the completion of the major trade studies needed to finalize the airplane's ...

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