China’s First New-Generation Boeing Jetliner B747-8 Delivered to Air China

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In the evening of September 29 in Seattle, Beijing time, Air China and Boeing held a grand aircraft delivery ceremony in Seattle, the United States, marking the official delivery of China’s first B747-8 to Air China.

Joseph F. Sutter., B747’s 93-year-old legendary designer, was also present at the ceremony. Known as the “Father of B747”, Joseph spoke in glowing terms of Air China, saying the carrier will score greater successes in the world’s airline industry in the future.

This new B747 type is more efficient, quieter and more environmentally friendly, and will become one of the leading wide-body types on Air China’s international long-haul routes.

The B747 family aircraft have been the carrier’s leading wide-body type on international routes and main domestic routes in the past 20 years, and have been playing an important role in helping Air China expand its international route network. The type holds powerful appeal for passengers thanks to its unique double-deck design, reliability and amenities, and thus has acquired enviable reputation in the industry.

Using more electronics and automation technologies, the jetliner is a showcase of digitized features.

In addition, Air China’s B747-8 is configured with a four-class layout – First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class – for the first time. The First Class and Business Class are outfitted with seats which can turn into full-flat beds, while the Premium Economy Class offers bigger seat pitch with legroom that is 120% of that in standard Economy Class.

B747 is the world’s first transoceanic long-range wide-body type, a milestone in the history of the world’s civil aviation; since its introduction into China’s civil aviation industry in 1980.

As Air China’s leading wide-body type, it’s also been an important part of Air China’s endeavor to evolve into one of the world-class airlines. The newly delivered B747-8 will undoubtedly further boost Air China’s global route network, offering passengers worldwide more pleasant travel experiences. Air China is ready to continue that fascinating story with Boeing and serve the traveling public wholeheartedly.

It has been reported that after the B747-8 joins Air China’s fleet, it will be put into service in domestic market on October 11, then by the end of this year, and the airplane will be introduced into such international routes as Beijing-Frankfurt and Beijing-Los Angeles.

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