21 Mar '11, 4am

Boeing's new jumbo makes maiden flight

Boeing's new jumbo makes maiden flight

SEATTLE, Washington: US aerospace giant Boeing's newest and biggest jumbo jet, the 747-8 Intercontinental, made its maiden flight on Sunday, watched closely by aviation fans and European rival Airbus. The new version of the classic double-decker 747 took off into nearly cloudless skies at 9:58 am (16:58 GMT) from the Paine Field airport near Boeing's Seattle headquarters, watched by thousands of workers and guests. The red, white and orange-liveried aircraft landed just over four hours later having been taken through its paces over Washington state, on the northwest Pacific coast. "It just went perfectly," said chief test pilot Mark Feuerstein after the flight, adding that, while it still faces months of test flights before being certified, "the airplane is actually ready to go fly right now." Boeing's largest passenger plane, the 747-8 can carry 467 passengers in a three-...

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