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Boeing assembles forward fuselage for first 747-8 Freighter

Boeing (NYSE: BA) has achieved another significant milestone for the first 747-8 Freighter by completing assembly of the airplane's forward fuselage. The 89-foot, 2-inch (27.2 m) fuselage section, featuring the airplane's signature upper deck, was moved from the final assembly installation tool for sealing and testing before beginning systems installation.

The 747-8 features a stretched fuselage compared to that of the 747-400. It is 18 feet, 4 inches (5.6 m) longer than its predecessor. Much of the stretch - 13 feet, 4 inches (4.1 m) - is located in the forward fuselage. The remaining additional 5 feet (1.5 m) are located aft of the wing. The 747-8 Freighter's stretched fuselage offers 16 percent more cargo volume than the 747-400 Freighter, providing space for four additional main-deck pallets and three additional pallets in the lower hold.

The Boeing 747-8 Freighter and Intercontinental are the new, high-capacity 747s that offer the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large passenger or freighter airplane, while providing enhanced environmental performance.

Press release issued by Boeing Commercial Airplanes on May 19, 2009


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