Unlike the 787 that rolled out to meet the public several years ago, this new plane is pretty much ready to take to the skies for testing. The interior is a little bit lacking as the inside of the plane is filled with testing instruments, but Boeing thinks this thing will be ready to go before 2011 is over. The company is still shopping its latest big bird around among air carriers, but it already looks like Lufthansa will be the first carrier to swipe its corporate credit card.
The only downer about the big reveal is that rival airplane company Airbus is already talking junk, as they try to rain on Boeing’s parade. Airbus wants the company to complete an updated evacuation test since the latest airplane can hold a few more passengers than its current 747-400 version. The test usually involves filling a plane with the maximum amount of passengers, and then having everyone exit as quickly as possible in complete darkness. We don’t want to sign up for that test mission, but Boeing says they’ll work with the FAA to meet all requirements.
Oh one more thing, the plane that was revealed to the public won’t be seeing truckloads of passengers anytime soon, as it’s actually being purchased by a private individual—must be nice.
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