Boeing Finishes 747-8 Freighter Fuselage Assembly

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Boeing has completed the assembly of the forward fuselage for the first 747-8 Freighter.

It has more than 13 of the additional feet that will make the 747-8 about 18 feet longer than a 747-400.

The fuselage also will be stretched 5 feet aft of the wing. Overall, the 747-8 freighter will have 16 percent more cargo volume.

Boeing also is developing a passenger version of the plane called the Intercontinental. The company says the new, high-capacity 747s will offer the lowest operating costs of any large passenger plane or freighter.

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