National carrier Air China has taken delivery of the first of its seven ordered Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental (747-8i). The airline become the first carrier in Asia and second after launch customer Lufthansa to operate the passenger version of the newest variant of the venerable ‘Jumbo Jet’.
The Boeing 747-8i model number 747-89L registration number B-2485 line number (MSN) 41191, is powered by General Electric GEnx-2B engines.
From October 11, Air China will initially deploy the 365 seat plane on the Beijing Guangzhou route for flight, cabin, and ground crew training and certification, before deploying it on their international routes.
The The 747-8 uses advancements and new technologies in wing, airframe and cabin originally developed for the 787 Dreamliner for improved fuel performance, quieter engines, and cabin ergonomics.
Air China has 15 of the longer version 787-9 Dreamliner on order. The airline received the last of its 20 Boeing 777-300ER order, and remains one of the largest Boeing 737 operators in China.