Boeing yesterday announced the launch of the 747-8 program, formerly designated the 747 Advanced, on the basis of 18 firm orders from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines. The aircraft, which represents the first major upgrade to the 747 platform since the 747-400 rolled out in December 1998, and the first-ever fuselage stretch, is being offered in two versions: The 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airplane and the 747-8 Freighter. They will be powered by General Electric's GEnx being ...

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