Among all the hype of the Airbus A380 and the smaller Boeing Dreamliner, that Boeing had pretty much changed strategy and ceded the idea of long range, large capacity travel to its rival.
Today marks the day that the 747-8 received its wings (so to speak) by being given its certification by the Civil Aviation Authority in the USA.
It looks awesome – check out the pics, and also check out the brilliant Boeing video in which the test pilot has “a little moment” after landing safely back at base.
And the Boeing Promo video below if you want to check that it flies (by the way, I find the whoops and cheers from the people who obviously built it, a little disturbing… what where they expecting it to do if not fly off?!)
Also check out this excellent CNNGo article that compares the 747-8 with its nemesis, the Airbus A380.