Boeing delivering 747-8 to Air China

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EVERETT, Wash. — Boeing is delivering a 747-8 Intercontinental to Air China on Monday in Everett.

The company says Air China is the first carrier in Asia to operate the Intercontinental, its longest passenger jet. The airline has ordered five of the jetliners to expand international routes.

Lufthansa was the launch customer for the passenger version of the 747-8 Freighter and took delivery of the first Intercontinental in April 2012.

The 250-foot jetliner is 18 feet longer than the 747-400 and can seat 467 passengers in a three-class configuration. It has a range of 8,000 miles. It has a list price of $368 million and competes with the 555-seat Airbus A380.

Boeing says the 747-8 Intercontinental uses technology from the 787 for fuel efficiency and the passenger interior.

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