Air China has taken delivery of its first 747-8 Intercontinental, making it the first Asian carrier to operate the passenger version of the new 747-8.
"Air China has been operating 747s since the 1980s," explains Song Zhiyong, president of Air China. "This iconic airplane has played an important role in Air China's international development and has also witnessed many milestones of the reform and opening-up of China. We are very proud to introduce the new 747-8 into our fleet to continue its tradition into the future."
Boeing boasts that the 747-8 Intercontinental will bring double-digit improvements in fuel consumption and emissions over its predecessor, the 747-400, with 30 per cent less noise.
The new aircraft is the first of seven 747-8 Intercontinentals Air China has on order.