Unlike the repeatedly delayed Dreamliner, the new 747 Intercontinental—based on the 747-8 Freighter—is right on schedule at 25% of its design phase. Its interior is inspired by the Dreamliner—orgy room included, I can only hope.
Like the Dreamliner—pictured here—its interior is designed to reduce jetlag in long range flights. It will be a lot quieter than the current 747, and it will have the same "new curved, upswept architecture" to make it airier and give passengers more room for personal belongings. Also like the 787, the Intercontinental will use special lightning to provide "smooth transitions for a more restful flight."
The other big difference is the size. While it won't be nearly as big as the Airbus A380 or allow to have full beds, it will be 18.3 feet longer and have a larger upper deck.
According to the company, the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental will arrive in late 2011.