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Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight

The 747-8 Intercontinental airliner will compete with rival Airbus's A380, the world's biggest passenger plane

Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental airliner, the company's newest and largest passenger plane, taxis down a runway before it takes off for its first test flight at Paine Field Airport March 20, 2011 in Everett, Washington (Getty Images)
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
The new plane features quieter, more fuel efficient engines, more seating and a redesigned interior (Getty Images)
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
(Getty Images)
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
(Getty Images)
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
US aerospace giant Boeing's newest and biggest jumbo jet, the 747-8 Intercontinental, made its first flight on Sunday near its headquarters in Seattle (Getty Images)
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
The new version of Boeing's classic double-decker 747 took off at 9:58 am (16:58 GMT) from the Paine Field air in Everett, Washington state, in a ceremony attended by thousands of workers and guests (Getty Images)
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
Boeing's largest passenger plane, the 747-8 can carry 467 passengers in a three-class configuration and is designed for long-haul routes (Getty Images)
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental airliner, the company's newest and largest passenger plane, taxis down a runway through the flight line before it takes off for its first test flight at Paine Field Airport March 20, 2011 in Everett, Washington (Getty Images)
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
The plane is a longer and more fuel-efficient update of Boeing's double-decker 747 jumbo jet, and will compete with European rival Airbus's A380, the world's biggest passenger plane.
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
Pilot Paul Stemer (L) and Chief Pilot Mark Feuerstein (R) pose in front of the 747-8 Intercontinental, Boeing's largest-ever passenger airplane, after landing from it's inaugural flight, at Boeing Field, Washington state on March 20, 2011 (Getty Images)
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
The 747-8 Intercontinental, Boeing's largest-ever passenger airplane, returns to it's hanger from it's first flight, at Boeing Field, Washington state on March 20, 2011 (Getty Images)
Boeing's largest passenger plane takes test flight
Pilot Paul Stemer and Chief Pilot Mark Feuerstein join Boeing officials as they pose in front of the 747-8 Intercontinental, Boeing's largest-ever passenger airplane, after landing from it's inaugural flight, at Boeing Field, Washington state on March 20, 2011 (Getty Images)