many thanks to Aeroportilombardi
thanks to Simone Coppola and FlyEk for the nice shots
The Boeing 747-8 is a wide-body jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Officially announced in 2005, the 747-8 is the fourth-generation Boeing 747 version, with lengthened fuselage, redesigned wings and improved efficiency. The 747-8 is the largest 747 version, the largest commercial aircraft built in the United States, and the longest passenger aircraft in the world.
The 747-8 is offered in two main variants: the 747-8 Intercontinental (747-8I) for passengers and the 747-8 Freighter (747-8F) for cargo. The first 747-8F performed the model’s maiden flight on February 8, 2010 with the 747-8 Intercontinental following on March 20, 2011. In October 2011, confirmed orders for the 747-8 totaled 111, including 75 of the freighter version, and 36 of the passenger version. Delivery of the first freighter aircraft was delayed before occurring in October 2011; passenger model deliveries are to begin in 2012.