Boeing to debut jumbo 747-8s at Paris Air Show

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Boeing said Monday its new 747-8 jumbo planes -- passenger and cargo -- would debut for the first time outside the United States this month at the Paris Air Show.

The 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jet will arrive at Le Bourget airport on June 19, while the 747-8 Freighter will land on June 20, opening day of the biannual aerospace showcase, the US aerospace giant said in a statement.

The two models will join Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger plane at the show, as well as other of the company's commercial and military aircraft.

The 747-8 is an updated, longer and more fuel-efficient version of Boeing's huge 747 double-decker aircraft that entered service in 1970.

A Boeing spokesman told AFP said the first 747-8 Freighter would be delivered to Luxembourg's Cargolux sometime in September.

The first 747-8 passenger plane will be delivered to a private customer in the fourth quarter, while Germany's Lufthansa will be the first airline to receive the plane in early 2012.

Boeing said it also would display an Air Berlin 737-700 with the new Boeing Sky Interior and a Qatar Airways long-range 777-200LR.

Military aircraft appearing in the show will be the C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter, the F-15E Strike Eagle multi-role fighter jet, and the CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter, the Chicago-based company said.

© 2011 AFP

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