A new life for the 747
Boeing unveiled the passenger version of the 747-8, the 747-8I (Intercontinental) in a ceremony yesterday on Feb 13, 2011. What was totally unexpected was the new Boeing livery on the 747-8I. Called the ‘Sunrise’ livery, it features a dark Orange-Grey paint job and is a big change from Boeing’s usual Blue-White scheme. Although Boeing did give some clues for a few weeks before the unveiling by having the 747-8I depicted, presumably during dawn, in most of the ads in various aviation forums, the secret was very well kept.
Here is the video of the ceremony (Credit to the owner of the video) :
Watching Mr Joe Sutter, the chief designer of the original 747 (over 4 decades ago!) leading the crowd for having a look at the 747-8I was a nice moment.
Personally, I like the tail colours more with the lighter shade of orange and yellow, but overall, the huge 747-8I looks majestic in the new livery.
AirlineReporter has an article on this here. (Don’t miss the photos of the unveiling at the end of the article).