Boeing is starting detailed design work on the 747-8 Intercontinental, having completed “firm configuration” based on the same 18-ft. stretch as the freighter. Passing the milestone, the manufacturer also says it has absolutely no plans to offer a shorter version of the stretch to meet the longer range demands of a handful of potential operators such as Emirates. “The program froze the airplane configuration at a 5.6-meter (approximately 18-ft.) stretch, which is the same length as the ...

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