14 Feb 2011 12:02:07
Boeing launches 'greener' 747
Boeing has announced the release of a more environmentally-friendly 747 and claims it has already received orders from a number of major airlines.
The 747-8 Intercontinental offers both improved financial and environmental performance, according to the manufacturer, which released its Dreamliner last year.
Boeing claims the Intercontinental has 16 percent better fuel economy and 16 percent less CO2
emissions than its predecessor, the 747-400. It also has a 30 percent smaller noise footprint.
Jim Albaugh, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive officer, said: "The new 747-8 Intercontinental features the latest in innovative technologies - applying many of the breakthroughs also found on the 787 Dreamliner."
Korean Air and Lufthansa are among those which have already placed orders, with the aircraft due to be delivered in the fourth quarter of the year.
Researchers at the German Aerospace Centre recently created an electric nose wheel, which would mean pilots would not have to use a craft's main engine to travel around the airport, significantly cutting CO2