Boeing stated it is negotiations with several customers regarding orders for the B747-8 (AINonline, 31-Aug-2009). The manufacturer is continuing efforts to reduce the weight of the B747-8 by approximately 3,500 lbs, through the use of different materials for selected components to lighten the aircraft structure.
Boeing continues weight reduction on B747-8
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