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Moby Dick of a 747 takes to the skies – KCPQ

February 2, 2012
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A giant plane reminiscent of Captain Ahab’s great white whale took to the skies over Everett this week.

The aircraft is the first 747-8 Intercontinental scheduled for delivery. The reason for its understated all-white paint job—it has been purchased by an unnamed VIP customer.

Boeing Vice President of Marketing Randy Tinseth said the flight this week is the first production flight of the aircraft.

“During the flight, the pilots checked the Intercontinental’s systems to make sure the airplane is ready for delivery,” Tinseth said in his blog.

“There’s something very elegant about an airplane painted in simple white. And when that airplane just happens to be the first 747-8 Intercontinental scheduled for delivery, it’s even more beautiful.”

The newest generation of Boeing’s classic jumbo 747 is more fuel-efficient, quieter and bigger than its predecessor.

A delivery date for the first of the new 747-8s has not yet been announced.

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