Boeing has always been playing a main role in the aviation industry in both commercial and freighter. Just after Airbus introduced its new A320 variant, the NEO, Boeing stepped up with to improve its trusty B747 series fleet which has been announced since 2005.
Incorporating B787 technology engines (GEnx 2B67), the airplane will be quieter, produce lower emissions, and achieve better fuel economy than any competing jetliner. The B747 Intercontinental will provide nearly equivalent trip costs and 13 percent lower seat-mile costs than the B747-400, plus 26 percent greater cargo volume. Operating economics will offer a significant improvement over the A380. The B747-8 is more than 10 percent lighter per seat than the A380 and will consume 11 percent less fuel per passenger than the 555-seat airplane. That translates into a trip-cost reduction of 21 percent and a seat-mile cost reduction of more than 6 percent, compared to the A380.
In short, the new B747 is more fuel economical, produce less harmful exhaust emission and more technologically advanced. The new B747 is designed for more efficient intercontinental travel and freighter.