Boeing AERO Magazine
A quarterly publication for Boeing Commercial Airplane customers.
The 747‑8 is externally similar to the 747‑400, but it has a higher gross weight, a longer fuselage, a new higher-aspect-ratio wing, and new higher-bypass-ratio engines (see fig. 1). The 747‑8 also incorporates advanced alloys, updated systems, and improved aerodynamic efficiency for better cruise, takeoff, and landing performance.
Boeing designed the newest 747‑8 model to have as much commonality as possible with the 747‑400 while also incorporating advanced technology from the 787. For example, the 747‑8 and 747‑400 have the same type rating and ground support equipment. Flight handling characteristics of the 747‑8 are also very similar to the 747‑400.
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