August 19, 2011 – BOSTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co <BA.N> said its new, larger 747-8 freighter jet won the approval of U.S. and European safety regulators, clearing the way for the new aircraft to go into service.
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Both the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency approved the new aircraft, which is 16 percent larger than its predecessor, the Seattle-based company said on Friday.
Cargolux <CLUX.UL>, Europe's largest all-freight customer, is Boeing's initial customer for the jet, which has engines made by General Electric Co <GE.N>.
The iconic 747 is Boeing's most recognizable airplane and was the world's largest plane until 2005, when EADS <EAD.PA> unit Airbus unveiled its A380.
(Reporting by Scott Malone, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)