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On September 29, Air China received their first 747-8 Intercontinental, marking over 30 years of operating the 747. Joe Sutter, chief developer of the 747, also attended the special delivery ceremony.
- Executives from Boeing and Air China celebrate the delivery of the airline’s first 747-8 Intercontinental. / Photo courtesy of Airline Reporter
- 1/100 scale PacMin Air China 747-8i model autographed by Joe Sutter, Father of the 747. / Photo courtesy of USA Today
- Quan Hong Ming (left), Air China deputy general manager, and Ihssane Mounir, Boeing SVP Asia, officiate delivery of the airline’s first 747-8i. / Photo courtesy of Airways/Brandon Farris
- 1/40 scale 747-8 in custom commemorative livery, honoring Joe Sutter. Its wingspan measures over 6 feet long (2 meters). / Photo courtesy of PacMin
Air China will be the first Asian airline to operate the new 747-8i, and joins launch customer Lufthansa as the only operators of the aircraft.
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