Boeing delivers first 747-8I

Boeing has delivered the first 747-8 Intercontinental, which departed the company’s Everett, Washington facility today enroute to Vancouver, Canada.

It is the first 747 passenger variant handed over since 2005.

The aircraft, dubbed RC002, the 1,439th 747 built since 1968, departed Paine Field at 13:01 local time to Vancouver to clear customs.

Boeing expects to deliver between 35 and 42 747-8s and 747-8 Freighters, respectively, in 2012.

747-8 vice president and general manager Elizabeth Lund said production for the 747-8 passenger and freighter variants will accelerate to two aircraft per month from 1.5.

To read more about the delivery and to watch a video of the first take-off, visit the Flight Global website.