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Dan Catchpole | dcatchpole@heraldnet.com
Published: Monday, June 20, 2011, 7:11 a.m.

Boeing signs deals for 17 of its 747-8 passenger planes

The Boeing Co. reached agreements with customers for up to 17 of its 747-8 passenger planes, the jet maker said Monday.

Boeing signed an order for two 747-8s from one undisclosed customer and received a commitment for another 15 from a different undisclosed customer.

The orders bring the 747-8 Intercontinental total backlog to 50 firm orders, plus a commitment for five more from Air China contingent on Chinese government approval. It also brings the total 747-8 backlog, including 76 747-8 freighters, to 126.

"These orders for the 747-8 Intercontinental mark a major milestone for the program and demonstrate the market's need for an airplane of its size and range," said Jim Albaugh, chief executive of commercial airplanes.

Here's Boeing's video of the 747-8 Intercontinental, or passenger plane, landing in Paris:


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